Building, Hale County, Alabama


William Christenberry (American, 1936–2016)


1967–2000, printed 2001


Dye coupler print


Overall: 3 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches Framed/Mounted: 11 x 14 inches


Purchase with funds from Photo Forum

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This series of a building in Greensboro stands out among Christenberry’s work due to its clear depiction of time’s cyclical nature. The character of the structure changes so completely from general store to juke joint over the years that it is at first difficult to recognize that the photographs document the same building. With each new name, fresh coat of paint, and architectural modification, the building reflects the surrounding community’s changing economics, culture, and politics through times of decline and rebirth.

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© (c) William Christenberry

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