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William Eggleston
undated | chromogenic print |13.25x19.75 | $12000

Born in Memphis and raised on a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta, William Eggleston has created a singular portrait of his native South since the 1960s. Eggleston’s highly saturated, vivid images highlight the beauty and diversity in the mundane every day moments.

Although he began his practice with traditional black and white photography, he began experimenting with color and ultimately shifted how color photography was viewed within an art context in his 1976 Color Photographs exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition and its accompanying publication William Eggleston’s Guide helped to formally establish his reputation as a world-renowned artist.

This untitled piece is a bit of a mystery without a title or date, but Eggleston has given us plenty to indulge. The reign of this lion king is over. Though at the center of the composition, the focal point may actually be the blue trash bag. Eggleston eschews the conventions of the rule of thirds and confuses our sense of depth and pictorial value. And yet, this is just a shot of ordinary, untouched life. Eggelston’s reign was and is far from over.

He was part of that crowd with our friends William Christenberry and Walker Evans, but he really kind of lead the pack. Eggleston is frequently referred to as the Father of Color Photography. When asked if he felt the title is appropriate, Eggleston replied bluntly, “Yes, I think that’s fair.”

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