The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is pleased to announce the winner of its first annual Clarence John Laughlin Award. Juror John Wood selected Charles Grogg as the recipient of the $5000 award, which was established to recognize and reward a fine art photographer who is creating or has completed a significant body of photographic work.
John Wood writes:
“Charles Grogg’s photographs are hauntingly beautiful. And they are strange. But they are strange in a way that most “strange” photographs are not. There is no violence, no brutality, no shock, except the shock of authentic art, that shock that forces a viewer back again and again to look at them and keeps them as fresh on the one hundredth viewing as they were on the first.“