DCist has a lovely roundup of William Christenberry activities - he was even on NPR today. Last night Art Guy and I attended his talk and book signing at Politics and Prose. I was charmed by his discussion on using art to recreate the landscape of his youth (Alabama). His slide presentation included pictures of houses, stores and a one-room school house - both with and without Virginia Creeper or Kudzu. I'm looking forward to visiting the exhibit of his work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Christenberry is well known as a photographer of southern scenes and buildings, but I was also fascinated by his sculptures (mostly also of buildings). In his photographs (many from an old Brownie camera) his compositions are very centered and front-on - not the usual 1/3 of the frame guideline that is usually tossed around for what he calls his "snapshots." The centered-ness of the subjects give them significant drama and importance, making the structures seem like characters in a story.