'William Christenberry - They aren't photographies, they are stories' at Mapfre Azca
Christenberry - They aren't photographies, they are stories' can be visited
at Fundación Mapfre Azca until next November 24th.
He not only works with photography, but observes reality from the
photographer's point of view.
In the end, photography is just an instrument to tell stories. And
Christenberry tells us stories which become ours.
The exhibition shows over 326 works dating from 1961 until 2005, a time that covers
almost all his activity as photographer. It is the second exhibition of his works in
Europe where he is not too well known, although some of his works are in the
MoMa of New York.
Christenberry is considered as one of the pioneers of colour photography. When
he started taking pictures, colour photography was more or less a second
category reserved for magazines or cinema. The real photography was made in
black and white. But Christenberry helped to give color photography its place
In his works he shows us the history of South US, his memories, his dreams and
those of his countrymen. A part of his works is dedicated to the racial
problem which he knew when studying at University.
He started taking pictures as a way to study colors for his paintings. He used
a Browning camera. The use of this camera is important because it turned amateur
photography into artistic photography. His photographies were sent to a local
shop to be developed.
The exhibition is divided into different chapters, the first one of these
dedicated to black and white photographies. In them we can recognized the
influence Walker Evans had on Christenberry. He made him use photography as an
expressive resource. In this section we can see one of the few pictures showing
a human being. Christenberry shows human action in his photographies but no the
human himself. He is interested in the transforming activities of men in
relation to nature and the objects he produces.
The exhibition is open on Mondays from 14:00 to 21:00, from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 to 21:00 and on Sundays and holidays from 12:00 a 20:00.
The entrance is free.
Photographies: Rafael Castañeda Fotografia
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