William Eggleston - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, Paris

  • Literature

    William Eggleston: Los Alamos Revisited, Vol. 1, Steidl, 2012, p. 101
    D. Campany, The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, Aperture, 2014, pp. 106-107

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘I had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around, that nothing was more or less important.’

    William Eggleston

    The current lot was first published as part of Los Alamos Revisited in 2012, a clothbound box set that included many previously lost negatives from William Eggleston’s travels across the United States, 1965-1974.

  • 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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Collection of Georges Bermann


Untitled, 1971-1974

Pigment print, printed 2012.
Image: 80.8 x 121.8 cm (31 3/4 x 47 7/8 in.)
Frame: 112.5 x 152 cm (44 1/4 x 59 7/8 in.)

Signed by the artist in ink, titled, dated, numbered 1/2 in an unidentified hand in pencil and printed Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright reproduction limitation on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £197,000

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London Auction 3 November 2016