Daily Dose Pick: William Eggleston

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A controversial pioneer of color photography, William Eggleston makes the fleeting and the everyday worthy of our attention.

Influential to both photographers and filmmakers, Eggleston possesses a painter’s eye for pure colors and complex compositions. From a tricycle on a suburban Memphis street to a mixed drink being savored on a plane passing through the clouds, the artist transforms mundane moments into visual poetry.

Visit Eggleston’s website, view his concurrent New York and London exhibitions of recent work, read his interview with Harmony Korine, catch his traveling retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago in February, and buy the comprehensive catalogue

for the show.

William Eggleston. Untitled, n.d., from Los Alamos, 1965-68 and 1972-74 (published 2003). 1965-68 and 1972-74. Dye transfer print, 17 3/4 x 12 inches (45.1 x 30.5 cm.) Private collection. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York.

William Eggleston. Untitled, n.d., from Los Alamos, 1965-68 and 1972-74 (published in 2003). 1965-68 and 1972-74. Dye transfer print, 12 x 17 3/4 inches (30.5 x 45.1 cm.) Private collection. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York.

William Eggleston. Untitled, n.d., from Los Alamos, 1965-68 and 1972-74 (published 2003). 1965-68 and 1972-74. Dye transfer print, 17 3/4 x 12 in. (45.1 x 30.5 cm.) Private collection. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.

William Eggleston. Memphis, c. 1969-70, from William Eggleston’s Guide, 1976, c. 1969-70. Dye transfer print, 15 15/16 x 19 15/16 in (40.5 x 50.6 cm.) The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, New York. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.

William Eggleston. Untitled, n.d., from Los Alamos, 1965-68 and 1972-74 (published 2003). 1965-68 and 1972-74. Dye transfer print, 17 3/4 x 12 in (45.1 x 30.5 cm.) Private collection. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.

William Eggleston. Untitled, c. 1971-73, from Troubled Waters, 1980, c. 1971-73. Dye transfer print, 15 7/8 x 19 15/16 in (40.3 x 50.6 cm.) Collection Marcia Dunn and Jonathan Sobel. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.

William Eggleston, Stranded in Canton, 1973 (Watch full size)