Green Wall with Hole, Bogalusa, LA
William (Kross) Greiner (born September 8, 1957) in New Orleans, Louisiana is an American photographer and painter, now living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Greiner began his career as a sports photographer, first working in the National Football League (NFL), at the age of 19, from 1977-1979. He also covered the 1981 and 1982 Tour de France for Bicycling magazine, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Greiner abandoned sports journalism to return to college, earning an A.A. from Bradford College, a B.F.A. from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Art and an M.B.A. from Suffolk University. During this period, Greiner was introduced to the work of artist/color photographer, William Eggleston.
“Well obviously (Wm.) Eggleston as I mentioned, but certainly Clarence John Laughlin, a great New Orleans photographer who has somewhat been overlooked by bigger names.Bill Owens, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, too many… I love Milton Avery’s work, its flatness and its condensing of the subject to just the necessary elements and details. I also appreciate Edward Hopper for the emotional impact of his scenes. Ralston Crawford is an artist I really admire; because he worked so effectively as a painter, print maker and photographer. His images of New Orleans jazz funerals are really incredible.” (Blog interview Ratsalad Deluxe 2005)
Greiner’s first body of color work, The Reposed, was acquired for the Museum of Modern Art (New York City) permanent collection, by photography curator John Szarkowski in 1991. The MOMA acquired work was exhibited in a recent acquisitions show at the museum, two years later, in 1993. This work was also published as a monograph by LSU Press in 1999, by the same title. National Public Radio (NPR) Morning Edition, in April 2000, featured an interview with Greiner, conducted by NPR affiliate station KERA, reporter Bill Zeeble.
Other publications include A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South, work about living in the South, was published by W.W. Norton & Company; Visualizing the Blues Blues Foundation / Dixon Gallery and Gardens (2001); and The Story of the South: 1890-2003, Ogden Museum of Southern Art/Scala Publishers, (2003); and Baton Rouge Blues, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2006). Fallen Paradise (New Orleans 1995-2005), and Land’s End (Baton Rouge 2007-2010) were published as a limited edition artist books in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
Also published in 2010 and including Greiner’s work along with Alex Harris, Edward Burtynsky and Will Steacy amongst others, was the title Migration: Lost and Found in America. This was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by American Photo.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press (UL Press) will publish the title “Show & Tell” in the Fall of 2013, a compilation of Greiner’s photographs accompanied with short stories by Eric Aronin, Brett Battles, James Scott Bell, Carla Buckley, Joshua Clark, Julie Compton, Colin Costello, Sarah Crawford, Jordan Dane, Linda L. Dunlap, Ken Foster, John Gilstrap, Joe Hartlaub, Fauve Yandel Holigan, Lindsay Holst, Andrew Jasperson, Mari Kornhauser, Pat McGuinness, John Ramsey Miller, Joe Moore, Pat Piper, Renee Rosen, Shanteka Sigers (Shateka Steele), Lloyd Stein, Pam Thomas, John Kenny, Jeff Roedel, and Jenny Milchman.
Greiner was awarded a Louisiana Endowment for the Arts (LEA) Fellowship in 2004.