William Eggleston - Photographs New York Monday, April 4, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Steidl, William Eggleston Chromes Vol. III, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Taken between 1970-1974, the present lot offers insight into William Eggleston’s early experimentations with color as a fundamental component to photographic composition. In true Eggleston fashion, the architectural symmetry of the café is enhanced by the intense reds present throughout the frame, with color and form becoming one.

    This photograph was printed in 2012 as a release of never before seen, new dye transfer prints by the photographer. Further selected by Steidl for the 2011 publication, Chromes, it was culled from the same archive of kodachromes that John Szarkowski referenced for the famed monograph, William Eggleston’s Guide.

  • Artist Biography

    William Eggleston

    American • 1939

    William Eggleston's highly saturated, vivid images, predominantly capturing the American South, highlight the beauty and lush diversity in the unassuming everyday. Although influenced by legends of street photography Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eggleston broke away from traditional black and white photography and started experimenting with color in the late 1960s.

    At the time, color photography was widely associated with the commercial rather than fine art — something that Eggleston sought to change. His 1976 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Color Photographs, fundamentally shifted how color photography was viewed within an art context, ushering in institutional acceptance and helping to ensure Eggleston's significant legacy in the history of photography.

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Untitled (Café Exterior)

Dye transfer print, printed 2012.
17 7/8 x 11 3/4 in. (45.4 x 29.8 cm)
Signed, annotated 'AP' in pencil and Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso. One from an edition of 10 plus 3 artist's proofs.

$30,000 - 40,000 

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New York Auction 4 April 2016