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Cover of the official catalogue, Steidl, 2014.

William Eggleston: From Black and White to Color

  • Introduction by Agnès Sire, Essay by Thomas Weski (author)
  • Steidl (publisher)
  • September, 2014 (date of publication)
  • ISBN ISBN139783869307930
  • 192 pages
  • 38 euros

Official book of William Eggleston’s exhibition, From Black & White to Color, being shown at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, from September 9th to December 21st, 2014.

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 Cartier-Bresson, 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.

From Black and White to Color includes some exceptional as yet unpublished photographs, and displays the evolution, ruptures and above all the radicalness of Eggleston’s work when he began photographing in color at the end of the 1960s. Here we discover similar obsessions and recurrent themes as present in his early black-and-white work, including ceilings, food, 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.”

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