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William Eggleston


PhotoUtopia Intro: One day a disgruntled and bored American aristocrat, William Eggleston, asked his friend, a certain Mr Warhol, “But what do I photograph, Memphis is so ugly?” To which his deconstructionist friend replied. “Then photograph the ugliness.”
So shooting in colour the daring Mr Eggleston started a more democratic approach to the medium. You might say, he was the first to seek out the meaningful moments we all experience, each day. Those moments when your eyes briefly alights upon something pleasing. Eggleston would show us how the insignificant flotsam and jetsam of our visual world can teach us about our societies and offer a glimpse into our souls.


William Eggleston (born July 27, 1939), is an American photographer. He is widely credited with securing recognition for color photography as a legitimate artistic medium to display in art galleries—which, until the 1970s, often tended to privilege work by photographers making black-and-white photo-prints.
Eggleston's early photographic efforts were inspired by the work of Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank, and by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson's book, The Decisive Moment. Eggleston later recalled that the book was "the first serious book I found, from many awful books...I didn't understand it a bit, and then it sank in, and I realized, my God, this is a great one.”[1] First photographing in black-and-white, Eggleston began experimenting with color in 1965 and 1966; color transparency film became his dominant medium in the later sixties.
Eggleston prepared his first portfolio, entitled 14 Pictures (1974), which consisted of fourteen dye-transfer prints. Eggleston's work was featured in an exhibition at MoMA in 1976, which was accompanied by the volume William Eggleston's Guide. The MoMA show is regarded as a watershed moment in the history of photography, by marking "the acceptance of colour photography by the highest validating institution" (in the words of Mark Holborn). Eggleston's was the first one-person exhibition of colour photographs in the history of MoMA.

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