William Eggleston

William Eggleston is one of the most influential photographers of the latter half of the 20th century, credited with pioneering fine art color photography in his iconic depictions of the American South. Born on July 27, 1939 in Memphis, TN, where he currently lives and works, Eggleston’s initial style was influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Walker Evans. He attended at various times Vanderbilt University, Delta State College, and the University of Mississippi, but never graduated. He began experimenting with color film in the 1960s, developing a signature style combining a snapshot aesthetic with Southern Gothic imagery. A predecessor to Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, and other documentary photographers working in color, Eggleston’s dye-transfer prints elevated quotidian activities to high art. “I had the attitude that I would work with this present-day material and do the best I could to describe it with photography,” Eggleston explains, “Not intending to make any particular comment about whether it was good or bad or whether I liked it or not. It was just there, and I was interested in it.”


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Sony World Photography Awards
Through May 6, 2018 / Somerset House
The Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most celebrated and diverse photography competitions in the world, now...
William Eggleston: 2¼
April 12 – June 1, 2019
Over the course of nearly six decades, Eggleston has established a singular style that deftly combines the vernacular subject...
Sony World Photography Awards 2019
Apr 18 – May 6, 2019 / Somerset House
The Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most celebrated and diverse photography competitions today. Now in its...
Proceed to the Route / Tania Franco Klein
Almanaque / Material Art Fair
The color is red and the woman is ready. The color is blue and the phone is ringing. The...
Camera Austria International
Through March 3, 2019
Organized in 8 chapters, early artists associated with Camera Austria are side by side with recent positions. Visual discourses...
Alfred Seiland Retrospective
Through October 7, 2018
In his documentary work, Alfred Seiland deals with cultural landscapes, developing his own independent aesthetic, always meticulously composed in...
Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive
Through October 14, 2018
Tracing Prager’s remarkably rich career over the last ten years, the exhibition covers over 40 works, including her trademark,...
The Open Road
Jan 26 – Apr 22, 2018 / Milwaukee Art Museum
“What should happen at the end of a road trip? A return to the status quo? A revolutionary new...
An Unorthodox Flow of Images
Through November 11, 2017
The exhibit commences with what is known as the first press photograph in Australia and unfurls through historic, press,...
On The Periphery
by Sinziana Velicescu
This is God’s country, south seeking solstice on roads leading no where, crossing nothing. Today, there are two suns...
Alex Prager / Compulsion
March 6 – May 24, 2019
The highly choreographed nature of Prager's work embodies a visual vocabulary and style that has become her own, a...
Visionary Color / Ernst Haas
September 6 – November 9 2019
Taken between 1952 and 1981, the photographs of Ernst Haas presented on display show an ambiguity bordering on the...