Born and raised in Mississippi and Tennessee, William Eggleston
began taking pictures during the 1960s after seeing Henri
Cartier-Bresson's The Decisive Moment. In 1966 he changed from
black and white to color film, perhaps to make the medium more his
own and less that of his esteemed predecessors. John Sarkowski,
when he was curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art,
called Eggleston the "first color photographer, " and certainly the
world in which we consider a color photograph as art has changed
because of Eggleston.
From 1966 to 1971, Eggleston would occasionally use a two and
one quarter inch format for photographs. These are collected and
published here for the first time, adding more classic Eggleston
images to photography's color canon.
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