William Eggleston, ‘Untitled (Citgo gas pump)’, 1976, Phillips

Collection of Georges Bermann

From the Catalogue:
In the run up to the 1976 Presidential election, William Eggleston took a group of photographs in and around Plains, Georgia, the home town of Presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter. These images captured the quiet anticipation and tension leading up to Carter’s election.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Signed in ink in the margin; numbered 5/10 in an unidentified hand in ink, 'Election Eve' Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamp on the verso.

William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008, Whitney Museum of American Art/ Yale, 2008, p. 179, pl. 90

Gagosian Gallery, Paris

About William Eggleston

Native Southerner William Eggleston's photographs monumentalize everyday subject matter, such as motel rooms and storefronts, in eccentric, refined compositions. Each detail is important, potentially carrying beauty and mystery. The main catalyst for New American Color Photography, Eggleston is largely credited with legitimizing color photography (especially with the dye transfer process) as a fine art form. Teaching himself from books of prints by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, he began photographing his environment in the 1950s but turned to color, then used largely only commercially, in the late 1960s. Eggleston's 1976 "Color Photographs" show at the Museum of Modern Art was groundbreaking for its striking, saturated color but also for his observational style, often deemed "democratic."

American, b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, based in Memphis, Tennessee