Photographer Series: William Eggleston

Photographer Series: William Eggleston

William Eggleston

Born in 1939, William Eggleston is an American photographer that is celebrated as the pioneer of modern color photography. Eggleston first began photographing in black and white until 1965, when he began to play around with color. Eggleston taught at Harvard from 1973-1974, and during this time he became acquainted with dye-transfer printing, the process of creating full color prints from black-and-white photographs taken with various color filters. Some of his most famous work resulted from this process, which helped to create his signature vivid, deep color saturation.

Eggleston’s aesthetic is characterized by his fascination with the mundane. Much of his work includes photographs of street signs, diners, ripped posters, vending machines, gas stations and parking lots. Through his use of light, shadow, and striking tones, he recreates mesmerising snapshots that give us a peak into the present moment.

A new exhibit titled William Eggleston: Los Alamos just opened on February 14th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The show contains 75 of his most beautiful color prints and it will be open until May 28th, 2018.

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Words by Gea Bozzi