William Eggleston: The Hasselblad Award

William Eggleston: The Hasselblad Award

by Gunilla Knappe, William Eggleston
     
 
Long before snapshot aesthetics became fashionable William Eggleston started to take pictures of his hometown Memphis, Tennessee. He discovered new and unexpected forms of beauty in the seemingly mundane surroundings of everyday life. Wistfully exploring his native South, he pioneered the use of color photography, which at the time had mainly been used for advertising

Overview

Long before snapshot aesthetics became fashionable William Eggleston started to take pictures of his hometown Memphis, Tennessee. He discovered new and unexpected forms of beauty in the seemingly mundane surroundings of everyday life. Wistfully exploring his native South, he pioneered the use of color photography, which at the time had mainly been used for advertising and magazine work. This handsome book presents a long overdue survey of his luminous photographs spanning from 1967 to the present, drawn primarily from Eggleston's own archives. A kitchen sink, a country road, a girl lying in the grass: Eggleston's deceptively simple images reveal hitherto hidden and intricate pleasures of the visible world. In an insightful interview Eggleston recounts the development of his approach to photography, while the introductory essay by writer and curator Thomas Weski places Eggleston's work in the context of his contemporaries.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Even before he was thrust into the spotlight in 1976 when he garnered a one-person show at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Eggelston was hailed as one of the pioneers--perhaps the pioneer--of color art photography. This survey, published on the occasion of his winning the prestigious Hasselblad Award, will confirm his reputation among admirers and win new converts to his deceptively straightforward photographs of the everyday. The book brings together 112 pictures made between 1967 and 1996 with an interview, a couple of short essays, and biographical and bibliographical appendixes. The subject matter here is almost exclusively his trademark images of the people, townscapes, and found still lifes of Memphis, TN, and northern Mississippi. The book's modest size (9.5" x 9.5"), simple presentation (small-format images are centered amid plenty of white space), and beautiful printing on matt paper appropriately evoke equal parts family album and gallery wall. Recommended for all libraries interested in the American photographic tradition and even for small libraries in the region.--Eric Bryant, "Library Journal" Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783908247982
Publisher:
Scalo Verlag
Publication date:
08/15/1999
Edition description:
Illustrated
Product dimensions:
9.42(w) x 9.39(h) x 0.67(d)

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