Friday, November 7

William Eggleston





“William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008,” a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, is an outstanding retrospective of this American photographer. Criticized for photographs that at first seem mundane and banal, we see the work more clearly now. We know that it was not cheap. The dye transfer printing Mr. Eggleston used, adapted from advertising, was the most expensive color process then available. It produced hues of almost hallucinatory intensity. Eggleston lived in the Mississippi Delta and took pictures of friends and neighbors-- nobodies, nowhere. But the compositions that at first seemed bland now seem classic and influential. Take a closer look.

4 comments:

sarahelizabeth said...

I LOVE his work! I'm a huge fan :)

Joetta said...

I can't wait to see the show and seeing these images make me want to go tomorrow.
I love the 3rd image of the 2 girls...it is so contemporary looking at it now.

deerseason87 said...

Oh, I love William Eggleston! There was a great retrospective of his work at the SF Moma a couple of years ago

Twisty said...

Eggleston is amazing! I always double take on the date because they look so NOW. There's a quirky interview about him in W this month.