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William Eggleston
Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, from "William Eggleston’s Guide"
ca. 1969-71
Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, Hannover
© Eggleston Artistic Trust
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by Charlie Finch

The election of Barack Obama reminds us how cracked and crazy the presumption of white exceptionalism in America is. Its epitaph can be found in the career retrospective of William Eggleston on view at the Whitney Museum.