William Eggleston

b.1939, Memphis, TN
You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too.
Debbi's Hand, Batiste House, Eve's Bayou Portfolio, Louisiana, November, 1996
Debbi's Hand, Batiste House, Eve's Bayou Portfolio, Louisiana, November, 1996

Largely credited with legitimizing color photography as a fine art form, William Eggleston has inspired generations of photographers, artists and filmmakers through the course of his fifty-year career. Guided by a neutral, ambivalent gaze, his images monumentalize everyday subjects in urban and rural life, portraits of passersby, and scenes from friend’s homes, his own refrigerator, or the side of the road. Within his compositional frame, every element carries equal formal and emotional weight. The 1976 "William Eggleston: Color Photographs" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and its accompanying publication “William Eggleston's Guide” helped to formally establish his reputation as a world-renowned artist. The show was considered groundbreaking for Eggleston’s striking, saturated color, achieved through his dye-transfer process, but also for his observational style, often called "democratic.” Primarily and profoundly influenced by the candid perspectives of the late French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eggleston’s practice continues to provoke conversation around the role of the artist in mediating reality.

William Eggleston is a native Memphian with international recognition. He attended Vanderbilt, Delta State University and the University of Mississippi. His work has been the subject of many exhibitions around the globe, from New York to Paris, London to Sydney. In 2004, he received the International Center for Photography Award and Getty Images Lifetime Achievement Award. He is featured in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Morris Museum, Augusta, GA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; and the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, among others.

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Debbi's Hand, Batiste House, Eve's Bayou Portfolio, Louisiana, November, 1996
Debbi's Hand, Batiste House, Eve's Bayou Portfolio, Louisiana, November, 1996
Lisa Nicole Carson, Batiste House, Eve's Bayou Portfolio, Louisiana, November, 1996
Lisa Nicole Carson, Batiste House, Eve's Bayou Portfolio, Louisiana, November, 1996
Graceland
Graceland
Graceland
Graceland
Graceland
Graceland
Graceland
Graceland
Graceland
Graceland
Untitled Berlin (Kiss Me Kracow)
Untitled Berlin (Kiss Me Kracow)
Untitled
Untitled
Debbi's Hand, Batiste House, Eve's Bayou Portfolio, Louisiana, November, 1996
Debbi's Hand, Batiste House, Eve's Bayou Portfolio, Louisiana, November, 1996
dye transfer print, 20x16
1996
Lisa Nicole Carson, Batiste House, Eve's Bayou Portfolio, Louisiana, November, 1996
Lisa Nicole Carson, Batiste House, Eve's Bayou Portfolio, Louisiana, November, 1996
dye transfer print
1996
Graceland
Graceland
dye transfer print, 14.5x22
1984
Graceland
Graceland
dye transfer print, 14.5x22
1984
Graceland
Graceland
dye transfer print, 14.5x22
1984
Graceland
Graceland
dye transfer print, 14.5x22
1984
Graceland
Graceland
dye transfer print, 14.5x22
1984
Untitled Berlin (Kiss Me Kracow)
Untitled Berlin (Kiss Me Kracow)
chromagenic print, 20x13.25
1983
Untitled
Untitled
chromagenic print, 13.25x19.75
c. 1985