Nancy and Bruce Berman Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
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Coffee Can Wreath, New Orleans, Louisiana
William K. Greiner (American, born 1957)
United States (Place created)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (Place depicted)
negative 1989; print 1995
38.1 x 47.7 cm (15 x 18 3/4 in.)
© William K. Greiner
Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman
Gentle colors, a dilapidated, long-abandoned artificial-flower arrangement, and weeds overrunning the scene create an appropriately nostalgic tone and underscore the irony of this "forgotten memorial." Capturing the melancholy of such subjects as a neglected gravesite, William Greiner's series of cemetery photographs called "The Reposed" continued a tradition begun with post-mortem photographs in the 1800s. While all photographs are arguably memorials of people and moments past, this series deals more explicitly with death and photography's peculiar relationship to it.