William Eggleston, ‘Untitled (Young man entering diner)’, 1968, Phillips

Signature: Signed in ink in the margin; signed in ink on the reverse of the flush-mount.

Steidl, William Eggleston: Before Color, p. 69

From the artist to a Private Collection
Christie's, New York, 4 October 2001, lot 240

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

Group Shows

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 
Catonsville, Maryland, USA,
Depth of Field, curated by Emily Hauver
Los Angeles,
Los Angeles,
New York,
Shrines to Speed Art And The Automobile: From The Minimal To The Postmodern
New York,
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