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William Eggleston

b. 1939

William Eggleston (b.1939, Memphis) currently lives and works in Memphis. Credited for bringing colour photography into the sphere of legitimate artistic practice, Eggleston’s work combines ordinary subject matter with a sophisticated handling of colour, form, and composition. Drawing on the characters and landscapes of the American south, his photographs transform the mundane into distinctive, poetic images that resist fixed meaning. Sometimes sinister, often beautiful, though Eggleston’s work we gain access to the hidden undercurrents of everyday life.

Eggleston has had major solo shows at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2018); The National Portrait Gallery, London (2016); Tate Modern, London (2013); The Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York (2998); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (1992) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1976). He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2016), International Centre of Photography Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement (2004) and Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (1998).

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William Eggleston, Untitled, 1970-73

Dye transfer print – 16 x 20 inches (40.64 x 50.8 cm) – Edition of 10

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