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Sans titre, ca 1970 © William Eggleston, courtesy Eggleston artistic trust, collection de l'artiste
From Los Alamos Folio 1, Memphis, 1965 [supermarket boy with carts]- © William Eggleston / Courtesy Wilson Centre for Photography
From Los Alamos Folio 5, Memphis, ca 1971-1974 [jukebox on dusty green wall] © William Eggleston / Courtesy Wilson Centre for Photography
Sans titre, 1965-1970 © William Eggleston, Courtesy Eggleston artistic trust, collection de l'artiste
Untitled, 1960-1965 © William Eggleston / Eggleston artistic Trust, collection de l’artiste
Untitled, 1960-1965 © William Eggleston / Eggleston artistic Trust, collection de l’artiste

William Eggleston

From Black & White to Color

du September 9 au December 21, 2014

I had to face the fact that what I had to do was go out into foreign landscapes.What was new back then, was shopping centers, and I took pictures of them.

– William Eggleston

At the end of the 1950s William Eggleston began to photograph around his home in Memphis using black-and-white 35mm film. Fascinated by the photography of Henri CartierBresson, Eggleston declared at the time: “I couldn’t imagine doing anything more than making a perfect fake Cartier-Bresson”.

Eventually Eggleston developed his own style which later shaped his seminal work in color-an original vision of the American everyday with its icons of banality: supermarkets, diners, service stations, automobiles and ghostly figures lost in space.

William Eggleston: From Black and White to Color includes some exceptional as yet unpublished photographs burrowed from the artist collection and various lenders, and displays the evolution, ruptures and above all the radicalness of Eggleston’s work when he began photographing in color at the end of the 1960’s. Here we discover similar obsessions and recurrent themes as present in his early black-and-white works, including ceilings, foods and scenes of waiting, as well as Eggleston’s unconventional croppings -all definitive traits of the photographer who famously proclaimed, “I am at war with the obvious”.

Exhibition presented as a part of the Mois de la photo 2014

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