New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

William Christenberry
House and Car and

William Christenberry is a photographer, painter and sculptor and in this exhibition, all three of his talents are on display. A good example of his work, which focuses on his childhood memories of rural Alabama, is the large color photograph entitled House and Car, Near Akron, Alabama. Here, an old beat-up car is parked in front of an even older, abandoned house with its front porch intact; a reflection of Christenberry’s interest in documenting the decay of the structures he knew as a child. There’s also a detailed model of this house, its porch almost gone, set on a bed of red soil (from Alabama, no doubt); the artist calls it sculpture but you may not. More to the point are the 20 small photographs taken from 1978 to 2005 that show the house gradually falling apart. Christenberry took his first photographs with a Brownie in the 1960s and 70s and some of these images of signage, storefronts and hanging gourds round out his memories of an earlier, less complex time in his life.

William Christenberry
House and Car and


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