Apr 18, 2007

Church between Greensboro and Marion, Alabama

Church between Greensboro and Marion, Alabama


William Christenberry

(American, 1936–2016)

Chromogenic process color print (Ektacolor)

Image: 7.9 x 12 cm (3 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.); Paper: 20.3 x 25.3 cm (8 x 9 15/16 in.); Matted: 35.6 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.)

Gift of Museum members in 1989 1989.408

Edition: edition of 25



As a child Christenberry spent much time in Hale County, Alabama, a rural area in which the effects of the Great Depression could still be felt. In the vein of photographer Walker Evans, who immortalized the poverty-stricken inhabitants of the dust bowl, Christenberry began to document the decay of the buildings within Hale County in subtle, lush, small-format photographs. These structures, though they seem eerily empty, convey lively pasts that belie their current decrepitude.

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