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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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A Road Less Traveled: How William Eggleston Transformed Photography in America

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ARTSY EDITORIAL
BY ABIGAIL CAIN
JUL 22ND, 2016 10:35 AM

William Eggleston Untitled, 1965/2012 Gagosian Gallery

William Eggleston
Untitled, 1965/2012
Gagosian Gallery

William Eggleston Morton, Mississippi , 1969-1970  ROSEGALLERY

William Eggleston
Morton, Mississippi , 1969-1970
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William Eggleston has no trouble pinpointing the first of his color photographs that he considers a success. It was 1965, late afternoon, and the American photographer was standing outside a supermarket in Memphis, Tennessee. The warm sunlight had just caught the blonde hair and absentminded expression of a teenaged employee, who was dutifully organizing shopping carts. Eggleston aimed his camera and moved in close. Click. The resulting image embodies, in many ways, his eventual photographic practice—inconsequential moments in the American South, captured in such a manner that the colors practically glow.

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Memphis Made Man, William Eggleston, in detail by Andrew Dickson for The Guardian

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Andrew Dickson for The Guardian detailed the Memphis-made man and his iconographic photographs in anticipation for William Eggleston's upcoming solo exhibition William Eggleston: Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.  The exhibition will be on view from 21 July until 23 October, 2016.

"William Eggleston is a pioneering American photographer renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images. This exhibition of 100 works surveys Eggleston’s full career from the 1960s to the present day and is the most comprehensive display of his portrait photography ever."

Untitled , c1970, Devoe Money in Jackson, Mississippi. Photographs: © Eggleston Artistic Trust  

Untitled, c1970, Devoe Money in Jackson, Mississippi. Photographs: © Eggleston Artistic Trust
 

"Critics called his photographs a con when they were first shown 40 years ago, but Eggleston’s colour-saturated work has found lasting fame, defying interpretation

With impeccable timing, 40 years on, Eggleston returns with another major retrospective at another major museum, the National Portrait Gallery – a sign, perhaps, that Eggleston is now part of the establishment. Colour photography is mainstream; mobile phones and social media have made snapshots the most natural visual language of all. Once reviled, Eggleston himself is now revered, and correspondingly expensive – prints now sell for £350,000-plus.

Untitled , 1969–70, the artist’s uncle, Ayden Schuyler senior, with Jasper Staples, in Cassidy Bayou, Summer, Mississippi. Photograph: ©Eggleston Artistic Trust

Untitled, 1969–70, the artist’s uncle, Ayden Schuyler senior, with Jasper Staples, in Cassidy Bayou, Summer, Mississippi. Photograph: ©Eggleston Artistic Trust

Yet to encounter his photographs is still to revel in their strange wonder, their droll and sphinx-like resistance to interpretation. Critics falter when they try to place him: a reworker of the Duchampian readymade? A chronicler of southern gothic? Eggleston, forgivably wary of those who presume to pin down his work, prefers to let the pictures do the talking. And what they say remains peculiar enough."

Read the expansive write-up on The Guardian

William Eggleston: Portraits will be on view at The National Portrait Gallery from 21 July until 23 October, 2016.  Exhibition details npg.org.uk

Art Rant: Photo London

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West coast flower power: Rose Shoshana; The Mother of photography dealers, always enthusiastic and generous with her time was stuck in a badly lit overly warm corner. Her booth shows magnificent and rare Evelyn Hofer and William Eggleston dye transfer prints going for approximately the same price ($40k or less) as the uninventive pretentious void of a Jean-Baptiste Huynh print. Hello! Dye transfer prints are pure magic! This rare and complicated technique is the most vibrant expression at the heart of the historical renaissance of American color photography. Why have they not sold out?

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Photo London 2016 opening 19 May, 2016 - ROSEGALLERY stand B7

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Photo London 2016 will be open to the public from the 19th to the 22nd of May, 2016 at Somerset House.  Visit ROSEGALLERY at Stand B7 to view selected works by Bruce Davidson, William Eggleston, Evelyn Hofer and Martin Parr.  

Martin Parr,  Sand   Bay , c. 1997

Martin Parr, Sand Bay, c. 1997

Public Hours:
THR 19 May,  12:00 - 8:30 pm
FRI 20 May,  12:00 - 7:30 pm
SAT 21 May,  12:00 - 6:00 pm
SUN 22 May,  12:00 - 6:00 pm

PHOTO LONDON 2016 ARTSY PREVIEW

 

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Eve Sussman on William Eggleston - The Artist Project, Met Musuem

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The Metropolitan Museum's The Artist Project is "what artists see when they look at the Met", a seasonal compilation of episodes where artists discuss other artists' work and their influence. Eve Sussman, an American multi-media artist speaks of Memphis born photographer William Eggleston.

 
It’s the things that defy history and defy technology that I think are the most powerful.
 
Untitled (Memphis), c. 1972, Dye Transfer Print © Eggleston Artist Trust

Untitled (Memphis), c. 1972, Dye Transfer Print © Eggleston Artist Trust


"A lot of the time when you see really beautiful formal photography it also feels slightly over-considered, but this has got a mix of this weird spontaneity. These are shot in natural light without anything set up.  I think he does it by noticing, you know? It's about being aware.  It's about seeing what's in front of you. He frames things quite tight. He's sort of captured things in a way. You feel this capturing and you feel this framing where you know there's something... stuff beyond the frame that you're not allowed to see, and that's part of also what makes you take more interest in it." Sussman shares with us.

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"Here & Now: 80 Years of Photography" at the Mint Museum, featuring William Eggleston

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Located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina, The Mint Museum in Uptown is an integral part of the downtown cultural arts scene, becoming a valuable home to a diverse permanent collection.  Here & Now: 80 Years of Photography celebrates the institution's many decades of collecting photography.  William Eggleston along side Sonia Handelman Meyer, and Linda Foard Roberts are among artists highlighted because of their local and regional approaches to the medium. The exhibition will be on display from 16 April until 18 September 2016.

A wall of Eggleston in “Here & Now: 80 Years of Photography.” Photo by T. Ortega Gaines   

A wall of Eggleston in “Here & Now: 80 Years of Photography.” Photo by T. Ortega Gaines

 

Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte, NC

Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte, NC

“From photography’s roots to today, photographic images compel viewers like no other medium,” said Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson, President & CEO of Mint. “As we are increasingly inundated with visual images, many of which are manipulated in some way, there has never been a better time to examine the power of photographic images. Here & Now speaks to concerns that have long been at the core of photographic practice, as well as its most recent developments, shining new light on the issues that are relevant to life in the here and now.”

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Artist News, 10 Photographers Who Captured the Grit and Glamor of L.A. on ARTSY

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"Known for palm trees, surfer dudes, and the film industry, Los Angeles and its history are characterized by the city’s laid-back living and Hollywood elegance. Yet L.A. has always been more than meets the eye, bursting at the seams with outsider culture and the idiosyncrasies of everyday life. Over the second half of the 20th century, the city was a muse for pioneering photographers, who both captured its beauty and laid bare its gritty realities."

Photographers include Elliot Erwitt, Robert Frank, Bob Willoughby, Julius Shulman, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, William EgglestonBruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, and Catherine Opie.

WILLIAM EGGLESTON:

Left: William Eggleston, Untitled (Car Wreck) [From The Seventies: Volume two] (Circa 1970) Right: William Eggleston, Untitled (Topiary Trees, Hollywood) (1999 - 2000)   

Left: William Eggleston, Untitled (Car Wreck) [From The Seventies: Volume two] (Circa 1970)
Right: William Eggleston, Untitled (Topiary Trees, Hollywood) (1999 - 2000)

 

Finding suitable subjects in a cupboard of foodstuffs, an abandoned bicycle, and anonymous people on city sidewalks, William Eggleston and his intensely hued dye-transfer prints unequivocally thrust the mundane, as well as spectacles, into the spotlight, all while he led the charge into non-commercial color photography.

BRUCE DAVIDSON:

Bruce Davidson,  Surfers along Pacific Coast, Los Angeles, California , 1964

Bruce Davidson, Surfers along Pacific Coast, Los Angeles, California, 1964

Davidson has consistently brought this sensitivity and novel perspective to subjects ranging from gang members in Brooklyn to the Civil Rights struggle in the South. His images of L.A.—from a carefree surfer youth to the lonesome back of the Hollywood sign—exude this intimate attention.

Read about the excursions across and around L.A. by the several photographers highlighted on artsy.net