Thursday, August 5, 2010

William Eggleston [Contemporary Photographer]

William Eggleston, born in 1939, was influenced by artists such as Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Eggleston grew up with an artistic touch but only started experimenting with photography in 1965 when he was 26. At first he began photographing in black and white but soon moved on to color. What really distinguishes his work is dye-transfer printing. At the time it only seemed to be used for advertisements, but Eggleston fell in love with the saturation of the colors. He said that. "every photograph I subsequently printed with the process seemed fantastic and each one seemed better than the previous one."

The subjects of Eggleston's more recent work are relatively common things, most of them old or broken. He finds beauty in ordinary things by drawing out the colors. He takes the mundane and draws people into the photo by making it beautiful. He shows the complexity of the simple things we see everyday.

This sounds a lot like my project. I want to study the effect different color saturations have on my photographs.
Untitled (Topiary Trees, Hollywood), 2000.

Untitles (Woman Walking of Sidewalk), Las Vegas 1968.

Untitled (Open Door into Trailer, Arizona), 2000.

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