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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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
William Eggleston: Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London
2015
2014
William Eggleston: At Zenith, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2013
William Eggleston: At Zenith, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2012
William Eggleston: Los Alamos, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
William Eggleston: Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London
2015
2014
William Eggleston: At Zenith, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2013
William Eggleston: At Zenith, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2012
William Eggleston: Los Alamos, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2011
William Eggleston: Election Eve, Gagosian Gallery, Paris

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Make Light of It, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
2016
Artworks, Cheim & Read, New York
2015
Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
2013
Summer of Photography, Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art, New York
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