William Eggleston - Photographs London Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Theoretical Events Gallery, Naples

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, William Eggleston’s Guide, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1976, p. 49
    E. Sussman, T. Weski, William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961–2000, London: Yale University Press, 2008, pl. 10

  • Catalogue Essay

    “‘I’m at war with the obvious’, William Eggleston has said, and he set out to prove it by showing the everyday and the ordinary in a startling new light. More than almost any other photographer in recent years, Eggleston has expanded the medium’s vocabulary to accept colour and include subjects disregarded by most photographers.”
    (G. Badger, The Genius of Photography, London: Quadrille Publishing, 2007, p. 14)

  • 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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Near Greenwood, Mississippi

c. 1972
Dye transfer print, printed 1986.
28 × 43.4 cm (11 × 17 1/8 in)
Signed in ink in the margin; signed in ink, ‘William Eggleston’s Guide c. 1972, printed 1986’ and edition stamps on the verso. Number 4 from an edition of 5.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £18,750


17 May 2012