Langdon Clay was born in New York City in 1949. He was raised in the north-eastern New England area of the United States and attended schools in New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts. After finishing school, Clay moved back to New York and began working as a photographer.
Clay used colour for commercial work in magazines and books, but was early in adopting colour techniques for artistic photography in the mid-1970s. He is perhaps best known for a series of photographss of cars parked on the streets of New York and Hoboken, New Jersey, at night. These images capture the colours and textures of the vehicles’ hard materials, and the artificial light of the urban environment.
While in New York Clay met Maude Schuyler, a photographer and photo editor for magazines such as Vanity Fair, Esquire and Fortune. Langdon and Maude married in 1979, and have three children. In 1987 the couple moved to the small town of Sumner, Mississippi, near where Maude was born.
Langdon Clay’s photographs can be seen in public collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Langdon and Maude still live and work in Sumner, and Clay describes his primary subject matter as “architecture, interiors, gardens and food.”