William Eggleston: Democratic Camera – Photographs and Video, 1961-2008
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art


William Eggleston was one of the pioneers of color photography, along with Joel Meyerowitz and Stephen Shore. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Sumner, Mississippi, he was hailed as "the beginning of modern color photography" by John Szarkowski, the former director of photography for the Museum of Modern Art, where Eggleston had his groundbreaking solo show in 1976. This exhibition at the Whitney is his first retrospective in the United States and includes both his color and black-and-white photographs, as well as "Stranded in Canton," his video work from the early 1970s.

The show spotlights how Eggleston has always considered that anything is worthy of being photographed – hence the expression "democratic camera." We see a woman's hand stirring a drink in an airplane; two teenage girls reclining on a sofa; the back of a woman's grey beehive in a red brick café with green seating; a businessman sitting lonesome on a bed in a characterless hotel room; and a framed picture of Elvis Presley on a mirror in an American home. The exhibition is traveling to the Haus der Kunst in Munich from February 20 through May 17, 2009.

November 7, 2008, through January 25, 2009
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