William Eggleston is a pioneer of color photography. A Photographer who pushed the boundaries of photography as an art form. He is famous for masterfully capturing slices of raw life in all of its true banality and randomness. To view Egglestons images is not to view at grand photographs that have been thought up and travelled far to capture, but rather to see life as standard. Eggleston makes us think about what we view as photographic art and why.
I feel like when most photographers discover Eggleston he soon becomes a god like figure to them, myself included. He teaches a new way of seeing to photographers that might be longing for more than the same old crap. Nothing can touch Eggleston, a nonconformist who didn’t give two shits what people might think of his photographs. Photographing the pretty and standout things was an easy and uninspiring thing to do. What made Eggleston tick as a photographer was the normal things in life and capturing those. Everyday subjects that most people couldn’t (and still can’t) appreciate in a photograph when living the typical conformist american life, things like a banal looking gas station most people look twice at besides when looking for gas. It’s these types of real life scenes that Eggleston captures perfectly and brings to life in photographs. Most people are eager to experience new and see the beautiful things that are presented to them in post war consumer culture, the pretty things that make you look when you drive past them, those are easy. This approach as a photographer is essentially conforming to society's standards, and it’s relying too heavily on the subjects beauty to make something of an image. Eggleston took the polar opposite of beautiful and made it fucking amazing, how cool is that! He literally taught us how to open our eyes, take the blinkers off and follow instincts, forget what the masses think. William Eggleston is perhaps the most original photographer ever, and quite possible the most influential photographer too. He did it his way and is a true maverick of photography and art because of this carefree, democratic approach to making images and making us question Photography as Art. Take A bow Billy!
“I don't have a burning desire to go out and document anything. It just happens when it happens. It's not a conscious effort, nor is it a struggle. Wouldn't do it if it was. The idea of the suffering artist has never appealed to me. Being here is suffering enough”
“I am at war with the obvious”
“Black-and-white photography, which I was doing in the very early days, was essentially called art photography and usually consisted of landscapes by people like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. But photographs by people like Adams didn't interest me”
EDUCATIONAL VIDEO LINKS | WILLIAM EGGLESTON
Imagine | The Colorful Mr Eggleston (47.44) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jZ_HkaTXh8
Stranded in Canton (1.17.00) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1eDzz5fKio
The Art Of Photography by Ted Forbes (21.07) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGquEORFxV4