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Photo First African Baptist Church, Franklin Square, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia 1939

Photo First African Baptist Church, Franklin Square, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia 1939

  • Photo Reprint
  • Printed at 17 x 20 in.
  • 1939

The culmination of Frances Benjamin Johnston’s work as an architectural photographer is the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South, a systematic record of the early buildings and gardens of nine southern states that was executed between 1933 and 1940 with the financial assistance of thc Carnegie Corporation. Miss Johnston (1864-1952) worked chiefly in Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana and to a lesser degree in Florida. She was one of the first to document vernacular building traditions, photographing not only the great mansions of the South, but churches, graveyards, row houses, offices, kitchens, warehouses, mills, shops, farm buildings, and inns. The survey includes records of severely altered and poorly maintained structures and numerous shots of interiors, furnishings, and architectural details. Photo First African Baptist Church, Franklin Square, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia 1939. Reprint is 17 in. x 20 in. on archival quality photo paper.

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Saint John the Evangelist Church: A photographic essay of the oldest Catholic church in Indianapolis and Marion County

Saint John the Evangelist Church: A photographic essay of the oldest Catholic church in Indianapolis and Marion County

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Sprott Redux: New Bethel Baptist Church, Braggs, Alabama, Lowndes County

Sprott Redux: New Bethel Baptist Church, Braggs, Alabama, Lowndes County
Church names
Image by The Happy Rower
I took this series of photos of Lowndes County as part of a graduate interdisciplinary course that studied various aspects of the Black Belt region that runs through south central Alabama. One of our speaker was William Christenberry, a native Alabamian and noted artist now working in Washington, DC, originally from Hale County, one of the poorest counties in the state. He is, in part, noted for his austerely beautiful photos and structural interpretive models of rural structures in the western Black Belt, primarily Hale County. One was of a plain church named Sprott that was as beautiful as a cathedral. This church above is one Christenberry would appreciate.

The remarkable thing about this austere church is that there is almost no camera parallax in the photo. The towers really do curve inward.