William Eggleston

I have just come accross an American photographer in the Telegraph this Easter, William Eggleson. He is regarded as the maverick genius who made colour photography the serious art form it is today. Eggleston is, among other things, a supreme colourist.

Individual Photo, Dust Bells, 1965- '74

Individual Photo, Dust Bells, 1965- '74

Untitled, (Store Parking Lot), From Lost and Found, 1965-'74

Untitled, (Store Parking Lot), From Lost and Found, 1965-'74

Individiual photographs from the Dust Bells series (1965-'74)

Individiual photographs from the Dust Bells series (1965-'74)

Untitled, 1971

Untitled, 1971

Eggleston has finally turned his “democratic” gaze on Paris, perhaps the city that has been most iconised through photography.

Exhibition

Eggleston’s Paris is a messy, often makeshift place – who else would be drawn to the milky water in a cement mixer? – which could indeed be any early 21st-century city. Graffiti is a recurring motif – on walls, vehicles, windows, billboards. He is drawn,too, to the garish – the hyper-bright colours of a children’s funfair ride, the unreal pinks and yellows of neon shop signs. The quotidian sublime is glimpsed too, though, in the mossy green haze of street light reflected on a wet pavement or the familiar blue sky, clear and clean, that appears above buildings and treetops throughout his work. Not for the first time I was left wondering whether Eggleston possesses some innate ability to tap into that soft, opaque, unreal otherworld that the rest of us glimpse only in moments of intoxication or chemical realignment. Is he always elsewhere?

Gallery Booklet

Gallery Booklet

A book created specially by William Eggleston on the occasion of the exhibition, which presents his photographs next to his drawings, published for the first time.

Gallery Booklet

Gallery Booklet

His new photographs are also eminently formal, almost abstract. In many of them, bod splashes of colour divide the images into sections, like a vibrant geometric painting by one of the Suprematists. Eggleston only ever takes a picture of something once, which means his grasp of composition is all the more phenomenal.
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Egglestons photography reminds me of a photography project I did in my second year of University which I will try to upload images from at a later date.

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About charliepetty

I graduated with a degree in Graphic Communication from Cardiff School of Art & Design in 2009. I now work as a freelance designer. This blog is a space for me to share inspirational work I find of interest, or my own work that I want to publish. www.charliepetty.co.uk

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