William Eggleston  (American, 1939) 

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William Eggleston (American, b.1939) is a photographer who was instrumental in making color photography an acceptable and revered form of art, worthy of gallery display. Born and raised in the South, Eggleston was the son of an engineer and a local judge. He spent his childhood drawing, playing piano, and tinkering with electronics. Eggleston found great joy in cutting out the pictures in magazines and purchasing post cards, and had a love of visual media. He attended boarding school in his teens, followed by a year at Vanderbilt University. He continued on to Delta State College, which held his interest for only one semester. He studied for five years at the University of Mississippi, but still failed to produce a degree. While there, Eggleston became interested in photography.

His work with color photography started in 1965, when he met William Christenberry (American, b.1936). In 1960, Eggleston settled on color transparency as one of the main mediums he would use throughout his career. In 1973 and 1974, Eggleston was a teacher at Harvard University. He discovered the dye-transfer process while teaching, and through experimenting, he developed work, such as The Red Ceiling in 1973. In 1976, Eggleston''''s work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Throughout the years that followed, Eggleston published a number of portfolios, including Election Eve in 1976, The Morals of Vision in 1978, and Troubled Waters in 1980. In addition, Eggleston photographed the sets of several films, such as Annie and True Stories, in 1986. He also completed several record album covers for groups, such as Big Star, Alex Chilton, Primal Scream, and Christopher Idylls. In 2003, Eggleston published Los Alamos, which contained his work from 1966 to 1974. He has also made a few media appearances, including a cameo in the movie Great Balls of Fire and a Marc Jacobs print ad. Eggleston currently lives and works in Memphis, TN.

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William Eggleston, Untitled (Near Minter City and Glendora, Mississippi),

 

William Eggleston
Untitled (Near Minter City and Glendora, Mississippi),
1970

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William Eggleston, Untitled (Laundry Line)

 

William Eggleston
Untitled (Laundry Line)
1970-1979

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William Eggleston, Memphis, Tennessee

 

William Eggleston
Memphis, Tennessee
1970

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William Eggleston, Untitled (Varner Grocery)

 

William Eggleston
Untitled (Varner Grocery)
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William Eggleston, Untitled

 

William Eggleston
Untitled
1973

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William Eggleston, Memphis, Tennessee

 

William Eggleston
Memphis, Tennessee
1973

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William Eggleston, Untitled (Greenwood, Mississippi)

 

William Eggleston
Untitled (Greenwood, Mississippi)
1970

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William Eggleston, Untitled

 

William Eggleston
Untitled
1974

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William Eggleston, Untitled, (Feet on earth road)

 

William Eggleston
Untitled, (Feet on earth road)
1970-1973

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William Eggleston, Untitled (Man in a casket)

 

William Eggleston
Untitled (Man in a casket), 1971
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William Eggleston, Untitled (Canned goods)

 

William Eggleston
Untitled (Canned goods), 1972
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William Eggleston, Untitled (Flood at a gas station)

 

William Eggleston
Untitled (Flood at a gas station), 1972
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1939   Born in Memphis, TN
1967   Goes to New York and meets Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and Diane Arbus.
1967   Presents his work to John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
1974   Recieves a Guggenheim Fellowship
1974   Appointed Lecturer in Visiual and Environmental Studies at The Carpenter center, Harvard University
1975   Recieves a National Endowment for the Arts Photographer's Fellowship
1978   Appointed Reasearcher in Color Videa at Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the invitation of Richard Leacock
1989   Accepts one of 54 Master Photographers of 1960-1979 awards from Photographic Society of Japan.
1996   Recieves the University of Memphis Distinguished Achievement Award
2003   Accepts Gold medal for Photography from National Arts Club, New York
2004   Receives the Getty Images Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Center of Photography (ICP) Infinity Awards
2004   Accepts Photoespana Award
  Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  Delta State College, Cleveland, MS
  University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
  Lives and works in Memphis, TN
2013   At War with the Obvious: Photographs by William Eggleston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (solo)
2011   Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2010   William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
2010   William Eggleston: American Photographer, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2010   21st Century, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England (solo)
2010   21st Century, Cheim & Read, New York, NY (solo)
2009   Paris, Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris, France (solo)
2009   William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (solo)
2009   William Eggleston: Democratic Camera. Photographs an Video. 1958-2008, Haus der Kunst, München, Germany
2009   William Eggleston - David Lynch. Fotografien, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, München, Germany
2008   Hasselblad Center, Goteborg
2008   The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
2008   Color Portraits–1974, Photology, Milan, Italy (solo)
2008   Democratic Camera, Photographs and Videos 1961 – 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2008   L'oeil démocratique, Centre de Photographie de Lectoure, Lectoure, France (solo)
2007   Color Portraits–1974, Studio Trisorio, Naples, Italy; Studio Trisorio, Rome, Italy; Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
2007   Portfolios, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (solo)
2007   Cadillac Portfolio, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin (solo)
2007   MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Vigo
2007   Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago
2007   Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2007   Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis (solo)
2006   William Eggleston, Camera Work AG, Berlin (solo)
2006   The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2006   Spirit of Dunkerque, Lieu d'Art et d'Action Contemporaine, Dunkerque, France (solo)
2006   Nightclub Portraits, 1973, galerie du jour agnès b., Paris, France (solo)
2006   Stranded in Canton, Xavier Hufkens, Brusells, Belgium (solo)
2005   William Eggleston, Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, Dallas, TX (solo)
2005   BA-CA Kunstforum Wien, Vienna
2005   Nightclub Portraits, 1973, Cheim & Read, New York City (solo)
2005   Albertina, Vienna (solo)
2004   Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek (solo)
2004   Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2004   Dust Bells, and the film Stranded in Canton, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England (solo)
2004   William Eggleston, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2004   Louisiana Project. Photographs 1981–82, Galerie Johannes Faber, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2004   William Eggleston Precolor: The Black and White Photographs, 1959–1974, and the film, STRANDED IN CANTON, 1974, Cheim & Read, New York (solo)
2003   Pictures from the Seventies, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2003   Cadillac Portfolio, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL (solo)
2003   Graceland, Galerie Rolf Hengesbach, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2003   William Eggleston: Los Alamos, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2003   William Eggleston Recent Photographs, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (solo)
2002   Hayward Gallery, London (solo)
2002   Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2002   William Eggleston: A Selection of 25 Recent Photographs, Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany (solo)
2002   William Eggleston: Fotografier 1966–75, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2002   William Eggleston: CA 2000–2001, Galerie Monika Spruth, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2002   William Eggleston, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York Project Gallery, NY (solo)
2001   Willliam Eggleston: Mostly California Desert Pictures 1999 – 2001, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2001   William Eggleston, Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris, France (solo)
2001   William Eggleston, Thomas Zander, Köln, Switzerland (solo)
2001   William Eggleston Recent Work, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2001   William Eggleston: Recent Work, Cheim & Read, New York, NY (solo)
2001   White Cube, London
2000   Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hanover
2000   Cadillac, Michael Hue–Williams, London, England (solo)
2000   William Eggleston and the Color Tradition, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1999   Cadillac: Color Photographs from 1966-71, Cheim & Read, New York, NY (solo)
1999   William Eggleston—1998 Hasselblad Award Winner, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden (solo)
1999   Dye Transfer Prints, Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1999   Fundacion Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa, Bilbao, Spain (solo)
1999   Eggleston 70/90, The Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1999   P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center, Long Island
1998   Fotomuseum Wintethur, Winterthur
1997   10.D.70. VI. Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1997   Eve's Bayou, Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1995   Four Portfolios. Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN (solo)
1994   From Graceland to Wasteland, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1992   Ancient and Modern, Barbican Gallery, London (solo)
1992   William Eggleston. First Color 1967–1972, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York (solo)
1990   Democratic Forest, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
1986   William Eggleston's Guide, Middendorf Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
1985   William Eggleston's Early Black and White Photography, Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN (solo)
1985   Recent Color Photographs, Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA (solo)
1985   New Works from Tennessee Project, Allen Street Gallery, Dallas, TX (solo)
1985   William Eggleston. Photographs from Miami, Day Vista Photography Gallery, Florida International University, Miami, FL (solo)
1984   Graceland, Middendorf Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
1984   Graceland and the South, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
1983   William Eggleston: Colour Photographs from the American South, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England (solo)
1981   William Eggleston. Photographs 1967–1978, Light Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1980   Troubled Waters, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1979   American Photography in the 1970s, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
1978   Election Eve, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas (solo)
1978   Nicholas Nixon & William Eggleston, Cronin Gallery, Houston,Texas (solo)
1977   William Eggleston. Color Photographs 1966–1977, Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1977   Election Eve, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1977   William Eggleston. Dye Transfer Photographs, Grapesteak Gallery, Washington, DC
1976   Photographs by William Eggleston, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  Siemens Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany
  Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
  Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
  Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
  Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
  Australia National Gallery
  Art Institute of Chicago
  Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
  Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
  Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
  Fotomuseum, Winterhur, Switzerland
  Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
  Museum of Modern Art, New York
  National Gallery, Washington, DC
  New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA