Friday, June 12, 2015

The Twilight of William Christenberry


Distinguished Southern Photographer William Christenberry is having a retrospective show of his work at the Hemphill Fine Arts Gallery in Washington, DC, up now through August 1st, 2015.

This show has special significance, and poignancy, for Christenberry, since it brings with it acknowledgement by Christenbery and his family that this Distinguished Southern Photographer has Alzheimer's Disease. 

This show, and one of his drawings upcoming in August at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art in Montgopmery, AL, are among the last shows of his work that Christenberry will actively participate in selecting and installing.

Washington writer Neely Tucker has a fine tribute to Christenberry in this Sunday's Washington Post Magazine, go here. 

Tucker entitles the piece "After a lifetime of capturing what was, Christenberry faces what is," and gets the last work for this blog entry:

"When you’ve been looking at [Christenberry's] photographs and taking them into account, you realize they are all part of the same thing: a love letter. To home, to times gone by, to people who cannot last.

"Poem, evocation, prayer.  The work, the life, the hymn of William Andrew Christenberry."

Amen to that.

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