Artist’s Project: William Christenberry


Perhaps best-known as one of the pioneers of ’70s fine-art color photography, William Christenberry is also an acclaimed painter, installation artist, and sculptor. For this project, Christenberry revisited a structure from his native Hale County, Alabama—first photographed in 1971—and crafted Ghost Form, 2004: quite possibly, the first magazine sculpture.

An earlier Christenberry Ghost Form at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and be found here

William Christenberry (1936–2016) was an American photographer, painter, sculptor, and teacher. His work, inspired by his childhood in Alabama, has been widely exhibited and collected for the past four decades. He was the subject of numerous publications, including William Christenberry: Southern Photographs (Aperture, 1983). He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Christenberry was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011 and passed away from health-related complications in 2016.