William Eggleston

William Eggleston, born on July 27, 1939, is an American photographer whose work is mainly based in color. He is considered the largest proponent for color photography as an art form.  In 1958 Eggleston acquired a Leica camera and by 1965 begins to experiment with color negatives.  While teaching at Harvard Univeristy, Eggleston discovered dye-transfer printing, which had until that point been used solely for advertisements.  For him, the quality of the high color saturation was of interest, a break from the traditional black and white prints that had been the norm for photography as an art form.  This acceptance and respect for his art was finally gained when, in 1976, he had a solo show at the MOMA in New York. It was the first solo color photography show ever featured at the MOMA.  Also around this time, Eggleston entered social and artistic circles with Andy Warhol et al.
Eggleston is known for his color photos of ordinary objects and scenes.  Often his photographs depict “southern” scenes filled with street signs, neighborhoods, and small children’s objects.  What really ties his body of work together is the saturation of color in his prints.  Each deep color seems to exude that color. Reds look like a deep glistening blood, while blue skies seem to be endless expanses of blue liquid.
What draws me to Eggleston is his ability to make small, child-like objects monumental in scale.  His tricycle beneath the blue sky allows the tricycle to stand out and take a firm foothold in the world.  The innovative use of color really brings a palpable quality to his prints, that leads me to imagine and understand his work as a reflection of American society and life.


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