William Eggleston

Born in Memphis, 1939 and lives in Memphis, Tennessee

William Eggleston is an American photographer whose depictions of everyday objects and American scenes were noted for their vivid colours, precise composition, and evocative allure. His work was credited with helping establish colour photography in the late 20th century as a legitimate artistic medium. After settling in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1964, Eggleston began to experiment with colour photography, he produced thousands of photographs, focusing on ordinary Americans and the landscapes, structures, and other materials of their environs; a representative example, from 1970, depicts a weathered blue tricycle parked on a sidewalk. In the early 1970s Eggleston discovered that printing with a dye-transfer process, a practice common in high-end advertising, would allow him to control the colours of his photographs and thereby heighten their effect. Having been granted a Guggenheim fellowship in 1974, Eggleston received an additional career boost two years later with a solo exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. (Its curator, John Szarkowski, had taken an interest in Eggleston’s work upon meeting him nearly a decade earlier.) The show provoked hostility from some critics, notably Hilton Kramer, who judged the snapshotlike pictures banal and lacking in artistry. Other viewers, however, found that Eggleston’s intensely saturated hues and striking perspectives imbued an ominous or dreamlike quality to their seemingly mundane subjects. He soon took on various commissioned projects, which resulted in series set in, among other locations, U.S. Pres. Jimmy Carter’s hometown of Plains, Georgia (1976), and Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis (1983–84). By the turn of the 21st century, he was dedicted the retrospective William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Videos, 1961–2008, which originated in 2008 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, solidified his reputation as a skilled innovator. For his contributions to photography, Eggleston received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 1998 and a Sony World Photography Award in 2013.

William Eggleston: American Color
“William Eggleston, American Color” is the first large solo exhibition in South America dedicated...
14 Mar 2015 - 28 Jun 2015
São Paulo
William Eggleston
The National Portrait Gallery of London presents a solo exhibition by William Eggleston. William Eggleston...
21 Jul 2016 - 23 Oct 2016
National Portrait Gallery
William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest
David Zwirner presents its first exhibition with William Eggleston since having announced the gallery’s...
27 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
David Zwirner – New York
New York
Kreuzberg – Amerika
“Kreuzberg – Amerika” is part of the project about the Werkstatt für Photographie 1976...
10 Dec 2016 - 12 Feb 2017
Life World. Photography from the CIAC Collection
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo presents Life World, a selection of photographic works from the Collection...
27 Feb 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
William Eggleston: Los Alamos
The exhibition is devoted to the iconic American photographer William Eggleston (born 1939) who emerged...
14 Feb 2018 - 28 May 2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York
The Moment is Eternity – Works from the Olbricht Collection
The Moment is Eternity features selected works, around 300 by 60 different artists, from the Olbricht...
26 Sep 2018 - 01 Apr 2019
Can It Really Be 20 Years Already? Art in Our Times, Contemporary Masters, and Philanthropy
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse presents its 20th Year Anniversary of public exhibitions with...
31 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2020
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
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