Red Building in Forest, Hale County, Alabama

Object Details

Title:

Red Building in Forest, Hale County, Alabama

Artist/Maker(s):

William Christenberry (American, born 1936)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Hale County, Alabama, United States (Place created)

Date:

1994

Medium:

Chromogenic print

Dimensions:

44.5 x 55.9 cm (17 1/2 x 22 in.)

Copyright:

© William Christenberry

Credit Line:

Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

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William Christenberry began photographing this makeshift wooden structure in his native Alabama in 1974. Since that time, he has made nearly annual trips to document the facade of this isolated dwelling, located deep in the Talladega National Forest. Such vernacular structures were uncommon photographic subjects until Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, William Eggleston, and other twentieth-century photographers elevated their stature. Like the edifices photographed by Eugène Atget, Bernd and HIlla Becher, and others, the buildings Christenberry recorded in the southern United States were often in disrepair and in danger of disappearing altogether.

Exhibitions
Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection (October 24, 2006 to February 25, 2007) (59)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 24, 2006 to February 25, 2007
In Focus: Architecture (October 15, 2013 to March 2, 2014) (59)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 15, 2013 to March 2, 2014