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William Eggleston: Democratic Camera

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Photographer William Eggleston is being honored with a retrospective at The Whitney Museum of American Art. You can catch the tail end of the show if you get there before January 25th. Apparently the exhibit is going to travel throughout the US, but details are scarce. I’ll try to get to the bottom of it.

Eggleston is a pivotal figure in the color photography movement. He mostly photographs personal acquaintances and places close to home: Memphis, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Delta. What I find appealing is that Eggleston doesn’t particularly want to be known as a Southern artist and he never sets up a picture. He’s less about “place” and all the preconceptions that go with it, and more about time and the senses: light, form and feeling in a given moment. In abandoning “place,” Eggleston shows us that consciousness of the moment is always available to us. Anytime. Anywhere.

Exhibit site
Eggleston Artistic Trust

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Rethinking Landscape: Contemporary Photography from the Allen G. Thomas, Jr. Collection

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photo by Kerry Skarbakka

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Disfarmer

Disfarmer is going to blow your mind. I can’t help but wonder about his subjects’ lives and relationships. All the little details…the bandage on the lady’s leg in the second picture, the way the couple in the fourth picture holds each other and her shoes and twisted stocking, the tough little blonde and the mother’s deeply tanned arm in the last picture…To see the full collection (you can buy prints) and read more about this 1940’s Arkansas photographer, go to www.disfarmer.com


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