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Coffee Can Wreath, New Orleans, Louisiana
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© William K. Greiner
Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

William Greiner
American, New Orleans, Louisiana, negative, 1989; print, 1995
Chromogenic print
16 x 20 in.
98.XM.212.2

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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.