"Over the course of nearly six decades, William Eggleston—often referred to as the 'father of color photography'—has established a singular pictorial style that deftly combines vernacular subject matter with an innate and sophisticated understanding of color, form, and composition. His photographs transform the ordinary into distinctive, poetic images that eschew fixed meaning. 'I am at war with the obvious,' Eggleston has said.
Featuring selections from the 10-volume-set The Democratic Forest (2015), this new book highlights 68 exceptional images from Eggleston’s epic project. His photography is 'democratic' in its resistance to hierarchy where, as noted by the artist, “no particular subject is more or less important than another.” Featuring original scholarship by renowned art historian Alexander Nemerov, The Democratic Forest. Selected Works provides historical context for a monumental body of work, while offering newcomers a foothold in Eggleston’s photographic practice." (publisher's note)
"Eggleston’s … hard architecture of splendid colors, flattened and floating in the sky, vividly shows—and appreciates—the American hubris of eternal disposability. He notes how the tastes of the moment (the golden arches, the shimmering soda bottles, the red Pegasus) cast themselves in immortal terms." (Alexander Nemerov)
About the photographer *1939 in Memphis):
William Eggleston is still living in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the 1970s, his work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide, beginning with his 1976 show at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2008, a major career-spanning survey organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and Haus der Kunst in Munich then traveled to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Eggleston received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1975 and has been the recipient of numerous notable awards, including the University of Memphis Distinguished Achievement Award (1996); Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (1998); International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement (2004); the Getty Images Lifetime Achievement Award (2004); and the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2016), among others. The Aperture Foundation will honor Eggleston in October 2016.
Wem das nötige Kleingeld für die 10-bändige Ausgabe von 'Democratic Forest' fehlt, dem sei diese Ausgabe mit den 68 'Selected Works' der gleichen Serie empfohlen.
Diese Bilder eines der berühmtesten Fotografen Amerikas haben eine schier unglaubliche Frische
Prima Druck, tolle Gestaltung und mit Sicherheit in der erstauflage bald schon ein gesuchter Titel!