1949 (printed before 1979)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 34.1 x 26.9 cm (13 7/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Paper: 34.1 x 26.9 cm (13 7/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Mounted: 43.3 x 35.5 cm (17 1/16 x 14 in.)
Gift of Tom E. Hinson and Diana S. Tittle 2018.254
The spiral staircase is a common feature of Creole architecture found throughout Louisiana.
Laughlin’s depiction of a staircase transcends architectural documentation to become both a geometric exploration and a dream-like, surreal vision. He gives us a vertiginous view looking up rather than down, warping space through the use of light and shadow and the flattened perspective imposed by his choice of lens.
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