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William Eggleston's Guide

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"William Eggleston's Guide" was the first one-man show of color photographs ever presented at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum's ... Show synopsis

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Matt313

A new way of seeing

by Matt313 on Sep 6, 2007

I'm not sure William Eggleston's work is for everyone. He doesn't seem interested in prettiness, or compositional elegance, or finding abstract patterns in the visual world. (Nor does ugliness or the unusual seem to attract him.) But I've always found that the seemingly banal scenes of everyday people and places have a disturbing, compelling presence and fascination. An old dog, a plastic bottle, a billboard, a wall, everything in his photographs seem to insist on your attention. There's nothing mere about existence in his world; everything he looks at seems to exist vividly. Of course it takes a tremendous amount of intellect and skill to accomplish this, there's nothing random about it. He's just after bigger game than any other photographer I can think of. I would bet that people who are excited by the idea that just existing in this universe amounts to a great adventurous event would find his work a vindication of their belief.

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