Time Passes Photographically in Boston
Byron Wolfe of Chico, California, created his book Everyday: A Yearlong Photo Diary (Chronicle Books, 2007) by photographing an ordinary event every day between his 35th and 36th birthday. The images range from a bite taken out of a plum and a quilt hanging on a line to a child’s toy horse lying in the grass and the contents of a refrigerator.
Photographic Resources Center curator Leslie Brown might have included any number of other photographers whose work deal with the passage of time and light. Just a few blocks away, in fact, the Bakalar Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art is currently (through December 6) featuring William Christenberry Photographs: 1961 to 2005, a retrospective of 58 photographs by the legendary Washington, D.C. photographer, painter, and sculptor who has been returning to his birthplace in Hale County, Alabama, almost annually since 1968 to record the changes (and sometimes the lack of change) in the rural South. Christenberry’s photographs of modest Southern buildings over time have become an iconic statement about the passage of time in a place time forgot.
Photographic Resource Center, 832 Commonwealth Ave. Boston MA, 617-975-0600. Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, South Building, Huntington Ave, Boston MA, 617-879-7333.