On this day in Alabama history: William Christenberry was born in Tuscaloosa

On this day in Alabama history: William Christenberry was born in Tuscaloosa
House across Field, Mills Hill, near Moundville, Alabama, 1964. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of William Christenberry)

November 5, 1936

Artist William Christenberry was born in Tuscaloosa. Christenberry worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage, but he is best known for his photographs of Hale County. Through annual trips to the region, he documented a disappearing way of life through images of buildings and places as they changed through the decades. He is hailed as a pioneer of color photography as art, and his work is exhibited in museums throughout the world. Christenberry won the Distinguished Artist Award from the Alabama Council on the Arts in 1995 and published an autobiographical collection of stories titled “Working from Memory” in 2008.

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