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Church across Early Cotton, Pickinsville, Alabama


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Church across Early Cotton, Pickinsville, Alabama

Artwork Details


William Christenberry
American, 1936–2016


1964, printed 1996


Four-color carbon print

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Image/Sight: 3 1/8 x 4 7/8 inches Support/Overall: 8 3/8 x 9 1/8 inches


Currently Not on View


Christenberry worked with several different kinds of cameras throughout his career, but he made his first pictures with a Kodak Brownie—a rudimentary camera outfitted with a basic plastic lens—that he had received as a Christmas gift from his parents when he was a child.

The Brownie was a ubiquitous amateur camera designed to take snapshots easily. Christenberry had his film processed at a local drugstore, and while the resulting prints were rather soft in focus, as in this photograph of a distant church, they possessed a raw quality that suited his subject matter.


Purchase with funds from Robert Yellowlees

Image Copyright

(c) William Christenberry