Working from Memory.
Photographs and text by William Christenberry. Edited by Susanne Lange.
Steidl, Gottingen, 2008. 112 pp., 50 color illustrations, 9x10".
Working from Memory is a collection of stories by the renowned photographer,
painter and sculptor William Christenberry. Based on conversations
with author and critic Susanne Lange, these stories elaborate
the artist’s memories of the Deep South, in whose rich literary tradition
they are steeped. In a lyrical but lucid prose, they set personal experience
against the backdrop of important political and cultural moments
in the southern states, endowing that landscape with a vividness that
will be familiar to fans of the artist’s photography. Christenberry’s own
photographs accompany these tales.