Friday, 22 July 2016

William Eggleston - NPG

William Eggleston, Untitled (Girl with Red Hair, Biloxi, Mississippi), 1974
William Eggleston: Portraits is at the National Portrait Gallery until 23 October 2016.

William Eggleston’s place in the pantheon of great photographers is assured – however, it is a surprise that the latest major show of his work is at the National Portrait Gallery. It is not that people don’t feature in some of his photographs, it’s just that his detached approach to ‘people photography’ does not conform to what is generally classified as ‘portraiture’. Personally, I like his approach very much: Asked whether he photographed a human in the same way as he photographed a parking lot, the artist replied: “I think so, absolutely.” (See article by Andrew Dickson.)
Listen to Eamonn McCabe talking about the exhibition on Front Row. (He comments: … this great artist - he is an artist, forget this label ‘photographer-artist’, he is an artist… Discuss!)
At the time of writing I haven’t seen the exhibition so I can’t be sure that all of the pictures in my selection are actually in the show.
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William Eggleston, Untitled (Dennis Hopper),1970-74

William Eggleston, Untitled, c1970, (Devoe Money in Jackson, Mississippi)

William Eggleston, Untitled (from The Los Alamos Project,1966-74)

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1973-4

William Eggleston, Untitled (Boy in Red Cardigan), 1971

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1976

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1969 - 70 (the artist's uncle, Ayden Schuyler Senior, with Jasper Staples, in Cassidy Bayou, Summer, Mississippi)

William Eggleston, Untitled, (Morton, Mississippi), c1972

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1965-68