William Eggleston’s ‘Memphis’

08/10/2013 § Leave a comment

In the 1970s colour photography was still fairly expensive so there was still a lot of black and white images around. William Eggleston was an extremely popular photographer, especially in 1976 based on his super-saturated photos of every day objects. He caused quite a lot of controversy at his exhibition ‘Memphis’, as people questioned why random objects were classed as art. He had that big of an impact that Instagram‘s ‘Memphis‘ theme is based entirely on his style.

(images from: Laboite Verte & Eggleston Trust)

Of course now his work is very cool and ultra modern – it’s just what we’re used to, but back in the 70s not everybody understood. I found a very interesting video documentary by the BBC on YouTube that highlights Eggleston as a personality and as a colourful artist.

He is now 73 and having received a Sony World Photography Award, his work is now a permanent exhibition in the Tate Modern gallery. I also found an excellent question and answer published by The Independent that I think highlights his breezy approach to his ‘snapshot’ style photographs and he has a humorous, or just truthful, approach to his answers.


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