Nancy and Bruce Berman Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Not currently on view
Coffee Can Wreath, New Orleans, Louisiana
William K. Greiner (American, born 1957)
United States, North America (Place created)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, North America (Place depicted)
negative 1989; print 1995
38.1 × 47.7 cm (15 × 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.