Details

Title

Gourd Tree, Near Akron, AL

Artist/Maker

William Christenberry (American, 1936–2016)

Date

1964

Medium

Dye coupler print

Dimensions

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Credit

Gift of Photo Forum Board of Advisors in honor of Tom Southall's five-year anniversary

Accession #

2004.34

On View

Currently not on view

Christenberry continually sought out the subtle metaphors that persist within the visual vocabulary of the rural South. Allusions to the cycles of life and death, as are evident in many of his long-term studies of aging buildings, were of particular interest. As a counterpoint to his photographs of graves, Christenberry regularly photographed hollowed-out gourds, which farmers hang from trees to attract nesting birds and thus encourage new life.

Image Copyright

© (c) William Christenberry

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