"Those little color snapshots": William Christenberry

An article from Southern Cultures 17:2, The Photography Issue

By William Ferris

Featuring full-color photographs by William Christenberry

  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-8246-7
    Published: June 2011

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Follow the evolution of the vision and career of one of the South’s foremost photographers."Santa Claus had brought me and my sister a small Brownie camera in the late 1940s, and I just loaded it with color film and went out to that Alabama landscape and began to photograph what caught my eye." This article appears in the Summer 2011 issue of Southern Cultures:The Photography Issue.

About the Author

William R. Ferris is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History, Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, and Adjunct Professor of Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, he has made numerous documentary films and has authored over 100 publications in the fields of folklore, history, literature, and photography. His book of interviews of Delta blues greats, Give My Poor Heart Ease, was published by UNC Press in 2009.
For more information about William Ferris, visit the Author Page.

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