William Eggleston - Photographs London Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Christie's, New York, Photographs by William Eggleston from the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman, 13 October 2008, lot 127

  • Literature

    William Eggleston: 2¼, Santa Fe: Twin Palms, 1999, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    "(William Eggleston) sets forth what makes up our ordinary world. What is there, however strange, can be accepted without question; familiarity will be what overwhelms us.”

  • 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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New York: Cheim & Read, 1999. Thirteen chromogenic prints.
Each 58.1 x 58.1 cm (22 7/8 x 22 7/8 in)
Signed and numbered '6' in pencil on the colophon. Numbered '6', sequentially numbered '1-13' in pencil, within Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright credit reproduction limitation portfolio stamp on the reverse of each flush-mount. Title Page. Number 6 from an edition of 15 plus 6 artist's proofs. Contained in a clamshell portfolio case.

£35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for £40,000

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London 7 November 2013 4pm