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b. 1939, USA

William Eggleston Biography

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. 

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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).

William Eggleston Featured Artworks

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Untitled  [From The Seventies Volume One] by William Eggleston contemporary artwork print
William EgglestonUntitled [From The Seventies Volume One], 1968Dye-transfer print
49.5 x 39.4 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Untitled by William Eggleston contemporary artwork photography, print
William EgglestonUntitled, c. 1973–1978Pigment print
161 x 114.3 x 5.7 cm (incl frame)
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Untitled by William Eggleston contemporary artwork photography
William EgglestonUntitled, c. 1983–1986Pigment print
52.7 x 73 x 4.4 cm (incl frame)
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Untitled by William Eggleston contemporary artwork photography
William EgglestonUntitled, c. 1973–1978Pigment print
161 x 114.3 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
UNTITLED by William Eggleston contemporary artwork photography
William EgglestonUNTITLED, c. 1960–1965Vintage gelatin silver print
35.6 x 43.2 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
UNTITLED by William Eggleston contemporary artwork photography
William EgglestonUNTITLED, 1974Pigment print
76.2 x 61 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Untitled by William Eggleston contemporary artwork photography
William EgglestonUntitled, 1974Pigment print
76.2 x 61 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Untitled by William Eggleston contemporary artwork photography
William EgglestonUntitled, 1974Pigment print on photo paper
76.2 x 61 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery

William Eggleston Recent Exhibitions

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William Eggleston Represented By

David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in 19th Street, New York, USA David Zwirner Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris

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