William Eggleston - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Phillips
  • "His best photographs are original and advance his style, because for a magical moment they conjoin opposites: familiar and unfamiliar, fullness and emptiness, feeling and intellect."
    —Thomas Weski

    • Provenance

      Cheim & Read, New York

    • 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 (Memphis)

circa 1973
Pigment print, printed 2007.
26 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (67.3 x 47 cm)
Overall 36 x 27 3/4 in. (91.4 x 70.5 cm)

Signed in ink in the margin; numbered 1/10 in an unidentified hand in ink within the Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright credit stamp on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $22,680

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs, New York

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Deputy Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 12 October 2022