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Gourd Tree, Near Akron, AL

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Gourd Tree, Near Akron, AL

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

William Christenberry
American, 1936–2016

Date

1964

Medium

Dye coupler print

Accession #

2004.34

Dimensions

Image: 3 1/8 x 4 7/8 inches Sheet: 8 x 10 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

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.

Credit

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

Image Copyright

(c) William Christenberry