"A few years ago in the archives of the William EGGLESTON Artistic Trust in Memphis, a box was found containing EGGLESTON’s earliest photography – remarkably in black and white. The photos were subsequently exhibited at Cheim & Read gallery in New York and sold.
'Before Color' reunites these photos in their entirety, and shows the artistic beginnings of a pioneer of contemporary photography. In the late 1950s EGGLESTON began photographing suburban Memphis using high-speed 35mm black and white film, developing the style and motifs that would come to shape his pivotal colour work including diners, supermarkets, domestic interiors and people engaged in seemingly trivial and banal situations.
Now, 50 years later, all the plates in 'Before Color' have been scanned from vintage prints developed by EGGLESTON in his own darkroom.
In the mid 1960s EGGLESTON discovered colour film and was quickly satisfied with the results: 'And by God, it worked. Just overnight.' EGGLESTON then abandoned black and white photography, but its fundamental influence on his practice is undeniable.
About the photographer, William EGGLESTON (b. 1939 in Memphis, USA):William EGGLESTON is one of the most important contemporary American photographers.
From the 1970s onwards, his work has been central to the recognition of colour photography as an artistic medium. EGGLESTON has published extensively and has shown in many major exhibitions.
More published books by the photographer, William EGGLESTON, are:
'Before Color', (2010)
'Los Alamos Revisited', (2012)
'Democratic Forest', (2015)
"Der Fotoband 'Before Color' beinhaltet William EGGLESTONs früheste S/W-Arbeiten, die er bereits in den späten 1950er Jahren gemacht hat. Sie wurden erst jüngst für eine Veröffentklichung neu eingescannt.
'Before Color' ist ein ganz starkes Buch mit großartigen Aufnahmen; viele davon glaubt man vor seinem geistigen Auge in Farbe zusehen." (© Richard G. SPORLEDER)