Associate Professor Christopher Jordan has been named one of ten finalists for the 2018 Clarence John Laughlin Award for photography. Jordan entered a portfolio of images, which included the photograph here, titled “Bad Dog.” Christopher Jordan, "Bad Dog."

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision. This year’s juror is Marcela Correa, Executive Director of the Arts District of New Orleans.

Jordan explains his method of image-making: “I start by creating a 20”x30” tabletop diorama from photographs, cut paper and vellum. These dioramas are then lit in the studio and re-photographed. Through the play of light on vellum, I create the atmospheric effects. Through the interplay of physical materials, light and implied narrative, this work explores the ambiguity between photographic realism and pictorialism, and the ordinary versus the uncanny.”

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