William Eggleston was born in 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Sumner, Mississippi. He studied at Vanderbilt University, Delta State College and the University of Mississippi. Although he had been been a professional photographer for several years in the South of the USA, it wasn't until a visit to New York in 1967 that Eggleston became known outside that area, when the curator of the Museum of Modern Art saw a collection of Eggleston's slides. Several years later the curator arranged an exhibition of Eggleston's work at the MoMA--the first individual exhibition of color photography in that institution's history--and this helped to make Eggleston known to the art world.Read More
From the 1970s onwards, his work has significantly contributed to the recognition of colour photography as an artistic medium. Eggleston has published his work extensively, and continues to live and work in Memphis, and travels considerably for photographic projects.
His work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide including: William Eggleston and the Color Tradition, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (1999); William Eggleston, Foundation Cartier, Paris (2001, travelled to Hayward Gallery, London); Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002); William Eggleston: Los Alamos, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2002, travelled to Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Serravles, Portugal; National Museum for Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway; Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Albertina, Vienna, Austria; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas through 2005); and William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video 1961–2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008, traveled to the Haus de Kunst, Munich; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and the Art Institute of Chicago through 2010).
It happens to be silent-movie day on William Eggleston's preferred TV channel when I arrive at his apartment in midtown Memphis. Earlier, he tells me, he'd been watching one about Napoleon, though th
Los Alamos, a set of William Eggleston's colour photographs developed from negatives made between 1965 and 1974, reminds me of the tagline from the 1969 film Easy Rider : 'A man went looking for Am
Until now, there also haven’t been any albums of his compositions. Musik, to be released Oct. 20 by Secretly Canadian, will change that. The collection consists of instrumentals performed by Mr. Egg
William Eggleston's photographs have adorned album covers for years: He has lent his singular eye to projects by Big Star, Joanna Newsom and Spoon. But on Oct. 20, Mr. Eggleston, now 78, will release