William Eggleston - Photographs New York Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Christie's New York, 5 April 2000, lot 340

  • Literature

    Szarkowski, William Eggleston's Guide, p. 77

  • 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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East Memphis

circa 1972
Dye transfer print, printed 1986.
11 1/8 x 17 in. (28.3 x 43.2 cm)
Signed in ink, numbered 5/5 in an unidentified hand in pencil and 'William Eggleston's Guide' copyright stamp on the verso.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $30,000

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3 April 2013
New York