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Recent Landscape Photography

The enduring theme of William Christenberry's art in all media—he produces paintings and sculptures as well as photographs—is the cultural heritage of the South, and Hale County, Alabama in particular. Christenberry grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but each summer stayed on the farms of his grandparents in rural Hale County. He began making color photographs as studies for his paintings in 1960, initially with the Brownie camera he received as a child. To achieve greater detail, he turned to an eight-by-ten inch view camera in 1977. Since moving to Washington, D.C., in 1968, Christenberry has returned to central Alabama nearly every year to record its slowly changing and decaying landscape and buildings, some of them repeatedly. These straightforward photographs are personal documents, yet they also offer powerful meditations on the nature of time, memory, and mortality.

© 1980, William Christenberry
© 1979, William Christenberry
© 1980, William Christenberry
© 1980, William Christenberry
© 1979, William Christenberry
© 1977, William Christenberry
© 1980, William Christenberry
© 1978, William Christenberry
© 1977, William Christenberry
© 1978, William Christenberry
© 1979, William Christenberry
© 1977, William Christenberry
© 1980, William Christenberry
© 1980, William Christenberry
© 1979, William Christenberry
© 1977, William Christenberry