Clarence John Laughlin, Louisiana's great photographer
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Laughlin was a mysterious fellow, in love with literature and and a literary form of photography. Many of his photos explored surrealism.
Those who love New Orleans, where he lived most of his life, will find solace and stimulation in his captures. Laughlin lived from 1905 to 1985.
See more on his life and work at http://www.masters-of-photography.com/L/laughlin/laughlin_articles.html. There are numerous web pages devoted to his life and work.
In terms of the social studies project, I would suggest a comparison between Laughlin and the noted American photog Ansel Adams.