William Eggleston - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “Each one [of my photographs], to me, is equal, or I didn’t take it to begin with . . . I never think about it beforehand. When I get there, something happens and in a split second the picture emerges.”
    —William Eggleston


    • Provenance

      Sotheby's, New York, 30 March 2009, lot 178

    • Literature

      Eggleston, The Outlands, Volume 1, cover, p. 175 (variant)

    • 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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Como, Mississippi (Black women in church)

Dye transfer print from Dust Bells Vol. I, printed 2004.
11 1/2 x 17 1/4 in. (29.2 x 43.8 cm)
Signed in ink in the margin; dated, numbered 5/15 in an unidentified hand in ink and Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $6,350

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs


Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 11 October 2023