William Eggleston - Photographs London Thursday, May 20, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Eggleston Artistic Trust
    Phillips, London, 18 November 2014, lot 133

  • Literature

    The Hasselblad Award 1998: William Eggleston, Gothenburg: Hasselblad Center, 1999, n.p.
    William Eggleston, Paris: Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain; London: Thames & Hudson, 2002, pl. 109
    William Eggleston: Chromes, Vol. 3, Göttingen: Steidl, 2011, n.p.

  • 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 (Huntsville, Alabama)

Dye transfer print.
31.5 x 45.7 cm (12 3/8 x 17 7/8 in.)
Signed in ink in the margin; annotated 'Proof' in another hand in ink on the verso.

£8,000 - 12,000 

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London Auction 20 May 2021