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

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  • “Eggleston . . . shows us pictures of aunts and cousins and friends, of houses in the neighborhood and in neighboring neighborhoods, of local streets and side roads, local strangers, odd souvenirs, all of this appearing not at all as it might in a social document, but as it might in a diary, where the important meanings would be not public and general but private and esoteric.”
    —John Szarkowski

    • Provenance

      Christie's, New York, Photographs by William Eggleston From the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman, 13 October 2008, lot 128

    • Literature

      Thames & Hudson, William Eggleston, p. 44

    • 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 (Family on porch)

Dye transfer print from 10.D.V1, printed 1996.
12 5/8 x 17 3/4 in. (32.1 x 45.1 cm)
Signed in ink in the margin; signed by William J. Eggleston III, in ink, titled and numbered 8/15 in an unidentified hand in pencil, all within the Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $7,620

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New York Auction 11 October 2023