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

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York

  • Literature

    J. Szarkowski, William Eggleston's Guide, Museum of Modern Art, 1976, p. 79
    The Hasselblad Award 1998: William Eggleston, Hasselblad Center, 1999, n.p.
    H. Liesbrock, T. Weski, eds., How you look at it: Photographs of the 20th Century, Thames & Hudson, 2000, p. 223
    William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008, Whitney Museum of American Art/ Yale University Press, 2008, pl. 27, there dated circa 1969-71

  • 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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Memphis, Tennessee

circa 1972
Dye transfer print, printed 1981.
31.8 x 48.6 cm (12 1/2 x 19 1/8 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered 3/13 in pencil on the verso.

£30,000 - 50,000 

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Lou Proud
Head of Photographs
+ 44 207 318 4018


London Auction 6 November 2015 2pm