william eggleston

William Eggleston – “Before Color” (2010)

  William Eggleston can’t actually separate himself from his “South”. The “South” is embedded into him so deeply that it has become something of a stamp or a mark.   By Doug Rickard William Eggleston is a “Southern” artist. Without a deeper explanation, this statement itself could mean a few things. If you look at […]

Eggleston’s World (1999)

“I think of them as parts of a novel I’m doing.”   By Walter Hopps, essay from The Hasselblad Award, 1998 These were the first words William Eggleston uttered when I asked what he felt he was accomplishing with his photographs. Another fine photographer from the South, William Christenberry, had brought Eggleston to meet me […]

William Eggleston: Introduction to ‘Ancient and Modern’ (1992)

“In the late Sixties Eggleston turned to the use of color transparency film and photographed prolifically. William Eggleston: Introduction to Ancient and Modern By 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 […]

William Eggleston – “Sit-In at the Fotomat” (2010)

Looking at Eggleston’s Before Color pictures, newly reborn, requires an odd energy of de-colorization.   By Tim Davis For years, Tod Papageorge, the head of the Photography Department at the Yale University School of Art, would begin student critiques of color pictures with the question, “Why color?” Color was an aesthetic choice and Papageorge felt […]

Minor White Review of William Klein’s ‘New York’ (1957)

Baseball Cards, New York, 1955 Review of William Klein’s New York, Originally published in Image Magazine, Journal of Photography of the George Eastman House, September, 1957 By Minor White NEW YORK by William Klein. London, Photography Magazine, 1957. 195 pages, 189 illustrations. Captions separate. Raucous is the word for William Klein’s New York. Sensational in the […]

WILLIAM EGGLESTON: “Before Color” (2010)

By Doug Rickard William Eggleston is a “Southern” artist. Without a deeper explanation, this statement itself could mean a few things. If you look at the body of his work on the whole, the majority of it (almost all) is set within the Southern environs of the US… places like Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and […]

William Eggleston: “Afterward from The Democratic Forest” (1988)

“The blindness is apparent when someone lets slip the word ‘snapshot’. Ignorance can always be covered by ‘snapshot’. The word has never had any meaning. I am at war with the obvious.”   William Eggleston in Conversation with Mark Holborn (Afterward from The Democratic Forest) “I was in Oxford, Mississippi for a few days and […]

William Eggleston: Preface from Election Eve (1977)

On the eve of the election, when nothing had yet been decided, when everything–whatever that everything was–hung in the balance, Eggleston made an elegy…a statement of perfect calm. Preface from Election Eve By Lloyd Fonvielle William Eggleston made these photographs in and around Plains, Georgia –and along the route of his journey there from Mississippi–on […]