William Eggleston: the stories that inspired David Lynch's favourite photographer

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 Untitled, c.1975 (Marcia Hare in Memphis Tennessee) by William Eggleston CREDIT: EGGLESTON ARTISTIC TRUST

 Untitled, c.1975 (Marcia Hare in Memphis Tennessee) by William Eggleston CREDIT: EGGLESTON ARTISTIC TRUST

By Lucy Davies

By his own count, William Eggleston has taken somewhere between one and two million photographs, though only ever one of each scene. “I have a personal rule: never more than one picture,” he says, “and I have never wished I had taken a picture differently. It simply happens that I was right to begin with.”

Eggleston, now 76, speaks with the courtly lilt of a man born and raised in the tattered decadence of a 12,000-acre plantation in Memphis, Tennessee. Since he began taking pictures in the Sixties, photography has been his sole occupation, which explains the size of his oeuvre, but not its quality, which has enraptured viewers in the intervening years.

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