Webb, Mississippi
William Eggleston
Webb, Mississippi
William Eggleston (American, b. 1939): Webb, Mississippi; c. 1969. Dye-transfer print, printed 2002; signed in ink (in the margin); titled, dated, numbered '4/9' in ink and 'Eggleston Artistic Trust' copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp (on the verso); 14-1/2 x 21-3/4 inches (36.9 x 55.3 cm) Image: © Christie's 2013. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

'Widely regarded as the "father of color photography" since his landmark 1976 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Eggleston is credited with establishing color photography as a valid art form worthy of critical response. His groundbreaking work prefigured many recent developments in art and has influenced a generation of photographers including Nan Goldin, Richard Billingham, and Alec Soth.’ (© San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

His subjects were mundane, everyday, often trivial, so that the real subject was seen to be color itself. These images helped establish Eggleston as one of the first non-commercial photographers working in color and inspired a new generation of photographers, as well as filmmakers. (The J. Paul Getty Museum, © J. Paul Getty Trust)

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Mark Holborn, in his introduction to Ancient and Modern writes about the dark undercurrent of these mundane scenes as viewed through Eggleston's lens: "[Eggleston's] subjects are, on the surface, the ordinary inhabitants and environs of suburban Memphis and Mississippi--friends, family, barbecues, back yards, a tricycle and the clutter of the mundane. The normality of these subjects is deceptive, for behind the images there is a sense of lurking danger."

According to Philip Gefter from Art & Auction: "It is worth noting that Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, pioneers of color photography in the early 1970s, borrowed, consciously or not, from the photorealists. Their photographic interpretation of the American vernacular—gas stations, diners, parking lots—is foretold in photorealist paintings that preceded their pictures."’ (Excerpts from Wikipedia.com)

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