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William Christenberry was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and received a degree in painting from the University of Alabama in 1959. A meeting with the photographer Walker Evans inspired Christenberry to begin photographing his regional home of Hale County (Evans had photographed Hale County in the 1940s when he worked with James Agee on the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men). Whether using photography, painting, drawing or sculpture, Christenberry’s interest in the themes and traditions of the rural American South translate into a simple yet monumental iconography. On both formal and conceptual levels, his work focuses on the prolonged study of a place. This series of images, made with an antique Brownie camera, began in the 1960s. It documents the essence of the region’s heritage and also presents meditations upon the universal experience of stasis and change.
This object was included in the following exhibitions: