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William Eggleston: Portraits review – momentous, trivial, marvellous. Even if it is just a tract of Tennessee land, or a ceiling, or some trash on the ground, everything is a portrait in William Eggleston’s work.

William Eggleston: Portraits review – momentous, trivial, marvellous

A portrait less of a moment than of a place and an age. Eggleston never diminishes what he sees but somehow enlarges both the momentous and the trivial. Some unknown pensive guy swallowing a burger and staring at it with a kind of avarice, a curator in a phonebooth, a bloke on a bed, a woman alone at the side of a long and empty road, a girlfriend in tears – each photograph is freighted with untold stories. You feel their weight along with the heat of the day, the stale air-conditioned chill in the room, the smell of smoke and beer and sweat in the nightclub, the car-seat vinyl, the instant’s lassitude. William Eggleston Memphis c. 1969-71. Exhibition dates: 27th February – 23rd May 2010 THE classic William Eggleston, the one and only.

William Eggleston Memphis c. 1969-71

Feel the heat of sun on body. Look at the construction of the image plane, all angles and fractures. The slight movement of the woman’s hand as she sits on a cracked yellow wall. The distance between her body and the metal pole with wrapped chain and padlock, that ice/fire tension as Minor White would say. Many thankx to Chai Lee and The Art Institute of Chicago for allowing to me reproduce the photographs in this posting. William EgglestonUntitled n.d. from Los Alamos, 1965-68 and 1972-74 (published 2003.) 1965-68 and 1972-74. William EgglestonUntitled n.d. from Los Alamos, 1965-68 and 1972-74 (published 2003.) 1965-68 and 1972-74. William Eggleston. William Eggleston pioneered the use of color photography as a valid visual art form.

William Eggleston

His 1976 MoMA exhibit was the first one-man show to feature color images. Like his friend Ed Ruscha, Eggleston’s a now legendary figure in contemporary art, and many articles and interviews with him are available in print and online, like this one by Jim Lewis. William Eggleston; the father of colour » Photo Forager. William Eggleston (born July 27, 1939) is an American photographer, and for me, the father of colour photography.

William Eggleston; the father of colour » Photo Forager

His work paved the way for color photography to be considered a legitimate artistic medium in art galleries, looking to dye transfer printing, commonly used in advertising, to create colour soaked images. Inspired by the beauty of family snapshots, Eggleston looks at the everyday and the overlooked in order to reveal them as remarkable. Writer Richard Wooward describes Egglestons work as “fearless naturalism—a belief that by looking patiently at what others ignore or look away from, interesting things can be seen.”

WILLIAM EGGLESTON: "William Eggleston, Mystagogue" (1999) William Eggleston, Mystagogue, From 2 and 1/4. 1999.

WILLIAM EGGLESTON: "William Eggleston, Mystagogue" (1999)

By Bruce Wagner Do we care for anything but mystery? And does anything matter more than its apprehension? During our days, we try so hard to find and hold it; at night, we find it then can’t remember. Through the Lens of Eggleston - Photo Journal. Happy Birthday, William Eggleston, and Bobbie Gentry. William Eggleston, Untitled, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, 1972, from the portfolio 14 Pictures, 1972, printed 1974; Collection SFMOMA, Arthur W.

Happy Birthday, William Eggleston, and Bobbie Gentry

Barney Bequest Fund purchase; © Eggleston Artistic Trust William Eggleston, Untitled, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, 1972, 1972, printed 1974; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Eggleston Artistic Trust William Eggleston, Untitled, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, ca. 1974; Collection Randi and Bob Fisher and SFMOMA Today we celebrate the 73rd birthday of Memphis, Tennessee, photographer William Eggleston. Mr. Here’s Bobbie performing Ode to Billie Joe, on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967:

Paris Review – William Eggleston: For Now, Michael Almereyda. William Eggleston, 1970.

Paris Review – William Eggleston: For Now, Michael Almereyda

Photographer unknown. William Eggleston’s color photographs are among the most widely viewed, and widely admired, in the medium. William Eggleston Talks… In the spring of 1994 William Eggleston visited Los Angeles to shoot a portfolio of Hollywood. Journalist Kristine McKenna escorted him around town, and they had several in-depth conversations, some in his room at the Chateau Marmont.

These are excerpts from those tape-machine recordings, which are compiled in the new book William Eggleston For Now. “I guess you could say my childhood was idyllic. My parents had a great respect for art, and two of the first things given to me as a child by my mother were books on Rouault and De Chirico. My parents always encouraged my interest in art, even though they thought a career as an artist was crazy.

“When I was 15 I was sent to a private school that I hated, then I tried a few other schools before ending up at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. “When I was ten years old I was given a Brownie camera and I took some pictures of my dog, but they weren’t very good. William Eggleston: For Now. William Eggleston has long been lauded as one of photography's pioneers. But this year is looking especially good for him: tomorrow a major retrospective opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and this fall sees the publication of a new book, William Eggleston For Now, from Twin Palms Press.

The book collects previously unseen photographs unearthed by filmmaker Michael Almereyda, whose movies include Nadja (1994), Hamlet (2000), and William Eggleston in the Real World (2005)), from Eggleston's picture archive. "I'm am at war with the obvious." William Eggleston. William Eggleston's Big Wheels. Although a photograph always shows the same things, that doesn’t mean those things are always seen the same.

William Eggleston's Big Wheels

This William Eggleston picture is variously known as Untitled, Tricycle and Memphis, 1970. It has been variously seen, too. Now considered a classic, it was initially greeted in many quarters with incomprehension, even as an outright affront. Eggleston’s tricycle first attracted attention as part of a 1976 exhibition of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The Art of Being William Eggleston - Memphis Magazine - June 2012 - Memphis. By Tim Sampson.

The Art of Being William Eggleston - Memphis Magazine - June 2012 - Memphis

At War with the Obvious. Genius in colour: Why William Eggleston is the world’s greatest photographer - Features - Art. Of course not.

Genius in colour: Why William Eggleston is the world’s greatest photographer - Features - Art

That level of dismissiveness is entirely consistent with everything we think that we know about this great photographer from the American South. J D Salinger would have done the same. This man is not in the business of talking through his work. WILLIAM EGGLESTON - Leica World, 2002. Eggleston, "Red Ceiling," or Greenwood, Mississippi,1973.

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That Eggleston Photograph. WILLIAM EGGLESTON: “A Talk with William Eggleston” (2008. Cat Power - Lived In Bars. (4) John Perivolaris / Pinterest. William Eggleston: American epic. After 35 years since William Eggleston’s colour works were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Mark Holborn charts the full extent of the photographer’s achievement ©Eggleston Artistic Trust Untitled, 1971-1974. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery Nearly 25 years ago I was travelling through Hale County, Alabama, with my friend the artist William Christenberry. It was where he’d grown up and he knew each family and every mile of it. Christenberry had first introduced me to William Eggleston in the mid-1980s when Eggleston had been in D.C. for a show of his dye-transfer prints of Elvis’s Graceland. The actual extent of The Democratic Forest was then uncertain, but he estimated there were more than 10,000 photographs so far.

I returned weeks later to begin the editing of these sprawling stacks into a single publishable sequence, which in those days meant about 150 photographs. William Eggleston - Chromes (Volume 1) William Eggleston - Imagine Documentary - Part 1. Five Spooky Art Works from MoMA’s Permanent Collection. William Eggleston. Outskirts of Morton, Mississippi, Halloween.1971, from MoMA Collection We tried to fight it and despite our best efforts we are really in the Halloween spirit around here.

So, we thought it was only fitting to post something a little spooky for today. We love one of today’s posts by Jason Persse for INSIDE/OUT the fantastic MoMA/MoMA PS1 blog. Jason lists his picks for the top five spooky works that can be found in MoMA’s permanent collection. Five for Friday: Halloween’s Modern Monsters Posted by Jason Persse, Editorial Manager, Marketing and Communications Halloween is my favorite holiday…by a wide margin.

Sean O'Hagan meets William Eggleston. William Eggleston is not hard to spot in the lobby of the Mansfield Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Every inch a southern dandy, he stands out amid the casual wear and sombre suits, dressed in a pastel-blue summer jacket, boldly striped tie, white trousers and matching shoes. His hair is parted on the left and sweeps over a pale face that peers in perpetual suspicion from behind old-fashioned oval horn-rimmed spectacles. He looks out of place and out of time, as if he has just stepped out of a PG Wodehouse novel. Had you to guess where he came from and what he did from his appearance alone, the words 'English' and 'aristocrat' might spring to mind way before 'American' and 'photographer'.

And yet, at 65, William Eggleston is perhaps the most innovative American photographer of the past 50 years whose unique style has transformed the way we look at the world. Gillespie's friend, the filmmaker Douglas Hart, takes up the story. WILLIAM EGGLESTON - Ancient & Modern (Intro) Introduction to Ancient and Modernby Mark Holborn William Eggleston was driving with the writer Stanley Booth from Georgia to Tennessee. It was 1978 and Eggleston had acquired an early Kodak instant camera. He started to photograph out of the window of the car and pointed the camera at the sky.

The small, rectangular color prints looked to him like fragments of frescoes. The following day he lay back on the ground and looked up at the sky above him. William Eggleston – “Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008″ (2010. William Eggleston: Art & Design. Daily Dose Pick: William Eggleston. WILLIAM EGGLESTON: “Preface from Election Eve” (1977. Preface from Election Eve. WILLIAM EGGLESTON: “Draft of a Presentation” (2003. Eggleston Shore. William Eggleston Chromes: New Book Of Unpublished Photos. The second episode of Season 4 brought us another wedding ceremony for the ages, and ended with a bang.

[Warning: SPOILERS] In retrospect, we really should have seen it coming. I am referring, of course, to the Big Shocking Plot Twist at the end of Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones. The one that everybody is tweeting about on Twitter. The one that everybody will be talking about tomorrow. (WARNING: If you haven't seen "The Lion and the Rose" yet, stop reading now. We got our first clue last week when Arya Stark and The Hound stumbled across a tavern in the woods. "Needle? " William Eggleston.