William Eggleston - Photographs London Friday, May 19, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Robert Miller Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, William Eggleston's Guide, New York: MoMA, 2002, p. 29

  • 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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Tallahatchie County, Mississippi

circa 1972
Dye transfer print, printed 1986.
28.8 x 43.3 cm (11 3/8 x 17 in.)
Signed in ink, numbered 3/9 in another hand in pencil, 'William Eggleston's Guide' credit and edition stamps on the verso.

£12,000 - 18,000 

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London Auction 19 May 2023