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William Eggleston - Democratic camera

‘I  had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around: that nothing was more important or less important.’ William Eggleston

The American artist William Eggleston (*1939, Memphis, USA) is considered to be one of the most idiosyncratic photographer’s of the 20th century. Everything that happens in front of the camera is worthy of becoming a picture for Eggleston – no matter how seemingly circumstantial or trivial. Eggleston finds his motifs in the everyday life: supermarkets, bars or petrol stations, a polished car or a filled freezer compartment – the photographer points his ‘democratic camera’ at everything; nothing is ‘more or less important’. In the mid-1960s, Eggleston began to consistently take photos in colour and thereby heralded, virtually single-handedly, he era of colour photography in art. He became famous with his solo show at the museum of modern art, New York, in 1976. his snapshot aesthetic and subjective application of colour, however, was considered so odd by the audience that the exhibition was deemed ‘most hated show of the year’. In the following years, Eggleston evolved to being a pioneer of colour photography.

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William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008