William Eggleston - Photographs London Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lunn Graphics International, Ltd., Washington D.C.
    Private Collection
    Christie's, New York, 4 October 2001, lot 242
    Christie's, New York, 'The American Landscape: Color Photographs from the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman', 7 October 2009, lot 30

  • 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 (Varner Grocery)

Dye transfer print.
30.9 x 45.8 cm (12 1/8 x 18 in.)
Annotated '3' in red wax pencil in the margin; signed in pencil on the verso.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £10,000

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London Auction 6 November 2015 2pm