Wynwood Gets Surreal

Clarence John Laughlin is a poet and photographer whose ghosts are right on time.

Laughlin also spent a great deal of time photographing cemeteries, and one of his iconic images is The Unending Stream. It captures the Girod Street Cemetery, begun in the 1820s and destroyed in the 1950s for the construction of the Union Terminal Station.

It was the first burial ground for non-Catholics in New Orleans and fell into disrepair during much of the early 20th Century owing to lack of funds. At the time Laughlin photographed the graveyard, it was characterized by a wild and eerie magnificence, the artist noted."This shows the necropolis in 1941, with a great living stream of light flowing through the sky — against the stone construction of death," Laughlin wrote of the image.

Laughlin's The Masks Grow to Us
Laughlin's The Masks Grow to Us


"Clarence John Laughlin: Poet Photographer": Through November 21. Center for Visual Communication, 541 NW 27th St., Miami; 305-571-1415, www.visual.org. Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday noon to 5 p.m.

At the Center for Visual Communication, this thought-provoking show does more than offer an engaging look at the works, words, and life of an artist rarely on view. The ghosts Laughlin still conjures might well transport viewers to a unique, entirely otherworldly realm.

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