Kubrick and his daughter Vivian
The photography of William Eggleston
A native Southerner raised on a cotton plantation in the Mississippi Delta, Eggleston has created a singular portrait of his native South since the late 1960s. After discovering photography in the early 1960s, he abandoned a traditional education and instead learned from photographically illustrated books by Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Robert Frank. Although he began his career making black-and-white images, he soon abandoned them to experiment with color technology to record experiences in more sensual and accurate terms at a time when color photography was largely confined to commercial advertising. In 1976 with the support of John Szarkowski, the influential photography historian, critic, and curator, Eggleston mounted “Color Photographs” a now famous exhibition of his work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. William Eggleston’s Guide , in which Szarkowski called Eggleston’s photographs “perfect,” accompanied this groundbreaking one-person show that established his reputation as a pioneer of color photography. His subjects were mundane, everyday, often trivial, so that the real subject was seen to be color itself. These images helped establish Eggleston as one of the first non-commercial photographers working in color and inspired a new generation of photographers, as well as filmmakers.
Eggleston has published his work extensively. He continues to live and work in Memphis, and travels considerably for photographic projects. (x)
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I had an interesting moment happen to me today when I was in NYC. I was waiting for my friends in front of the Bow Tie Cinema in Chelsea, where we were going to see Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (which was good, btw). I was killing some time by flipping through some notes I had with me, and then I looked up and saw Neil Harbisson walk by me, who’s an artist who’s been called the world’s first cyborg, due to having a device implanted in his head which helps him perceive colors (he was born without the ability todo that, which means he spent most of his life seeing in black and white). I didn’t approach him or anything, though I wish I had a chance to share a few words with him or ask a question about something deep or some shit, like is technology something we shouldn’t be afraid of, or does technology destroy the essence of being human, or whatever. Lately I’ve been spotting people of note on my trips to the city, but these are people who I don’t give two shits about, and granted, I’m not exactly very familiar with Harbisson’s work as an artist, but I feel he’s someone who will be seen as a pioneer down the line, someone who represents humanity in a transition, and I feel like I missed a chance at meeting someone who may be a part of history.
tl;dr: I almost had a Forrest Gump moment today.