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Clarence John Laughlin

Laughlin worked in New Orleans and found inspiration in the city’s faded grandeur. He developed what he termed as his own “visual poetry” by borrowing elements from modern photography—such as strong compositions and highly glossy printing techniques—and imbuing his images with mysterious symbolism. Here, Laughlin stages a tableau of enigmatic richness: a woman in black stands amid broken mirror shards and crumbling walls, holding a wood frame out of which stares the decapitated head of a sculpture. The blurred movement of the woman’s veil emphasizes the scene’s surreal, ghostly quality. ~ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Gustave Le Gray

Gustave Le Gray has has been called the most important French photographer of the nineteenth century. Trained as a painter under Paul Delaroche, Le Gray made his mark in the emerging medium of photography. An experimenter and technical innovator, Le Gray pioneered the use of the paper negative in France and developed a waxed-paper negative that produced sharper-focus prints. In 1851 he began to use collodion on glass negatives, which further increased the clarity of his images. He became one of the first five photographers, along with Édouard-Denis Baldus and Hippolyte Bayard, to work for the missions héliographique, a government-sponsored commission to document the state of repair of important French monuments and buildings. He was also a founding member of the Société Héliographique, the first photographic organization in the world. In the early 1860s he toured the Mediterranean with Alexandre Dumas. He spent his last years in Lebanon and finally Egypt, where he became a professor of drawing and where he died, in 1884.

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Roman Loranc

Roman Loranc was born in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, in 1956 and immigrated to the United States in 1981. Moving to California in 1984 rekindled his feeling for landscape photography, and since settling in the Central Valley, Loranc has increasingly turned to subjects close to home: the delicate wetlands beneath the Pacific Flyway, the stirring and primeval contours of the Diablo Range, and the sinuous courses and radiant surfaces of once mighty rivers. Loranc’s work marks a return to landscape photography as intimate encounter with land and psyche. His work has been exhibitied in many public and private galleries was featured in the best-selling anthology Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley.

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