Guinea Church, near Moundville, Alabama

William Christenberry
Guinea Church, near Moundville, Alabama
35 mm
Courtesy of Aperture

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William Christenberry Photographs: 1961-2005

April 5–June 1, 2008

William Christenberry Photographs: 1961-2005 will present nearly a half-century of the work of William Christenberry whose photographic exploration of the American South has been ongoing for forty years. Drawing inspiration from such pioneers as Walker Evans and Bernd and Hilla Becher, Christenberry has been a major influence on a generation of emerging photographers. Ranging from his earliest Brownie photographs from the early 1960s to later work with a large-format camera, this project surveys the artist's poetic documentation of Southern vernacular architecture, signage, and landscape, capturing moments of quiet beauty in a sometimes rustic terrain. Coupling never-before-seen photographs, both old and new, with now-iconic images, the exhibition presents 58 photographic works, three vintage signs, and one sculpture.

Aperture, a not-for-profit organization devoted to photography and the visual arts, has organized this traveling exhibition and produced the accompanying publication.

The Ann Arbor presentation is made possible in part by The University of Michigan Health System.