Philip M. Denman

MEMBER SINCE 2007 PHILIP M. DENMAN is a native of New Orleans and has been active in photography since the age of twenty five. In 1975 he befriended Clarence John Laughlin and aided with his projects over several years. Philip has participated in many photographic exhibitions including: "Exchanges in Imagination: The Clarence John Laughlin Collection"- New Orleans Museum of Art; "Contemporary Photography in Louisiana"- Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; the "Louisiana Photographers Salon" the Old State Capital, Baton Rouge; Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, "First Annual Contemporary Art Exhibit", New Orleans, Louisiana to name a few. Philip has three photographs in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art and are accessioned with the "Collection of Clarence John Laughlin: New Orleans and Beyond".

In addition, he has two published photographs, Pelican Publishing Company, New Orleans, LA. Cover photograph, The Buster Holmes Restaurant Cookbook  NEW ORLEANS HANDMADE COOKIN' and Acknowledgement and photograph in LOST RESTAURANTS of NEW ORLEANS by Peggy Scott Laborde and Tom Fitzmorris.

Recently accessioned photographs include New Orleans French Quarter circa 1969-1973, Seven Oaks Plantation Circa 1975, and Laurel Valley Sugar Plantation from the years 1978-80, Circa 2005 and the state of the plantation circa 2017. In 1978 Philip began photographing Laurel Valley located along Bayou Lafourch in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. For three consecutive summers, he made photographs of the extant plantation structures documenting the state of restoration and need of restoration at the time. Nicholls State University Professor Dr. Paul Leslie provided a map and historical narratives regarding the complex. In 2005 he returned to document the condition of the plantation twenty five years later and again in 2017 to note the progress and restoration of the plantation. He photographed the remaining 55-60 extant structures. All of the images were accessioned in May 2015 by the Special Collections Division of the Howard Tilton Memorial Library Southeastern Architectural Archives located in the John Merrick Jones Hall on the Tulane University Campus.

Denman has worked as a freelance photographer since 1989 and resides in Covington, Louisiana.