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William Eggleston's Guide

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  1,844 ratings  ·  22 reviews
"William Eggleston's Guide" was the first one-man show of color photographs ever presented at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum's first publication of color photography. The reception was divided and passionate. The book and show unabashedly forced the art world to deal with color photography, a medium scarcely taken seriously at the time, and with the ver ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 2nd 2002 by Museum of Modern Art (first published 1976)
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Bill Thomas
This book is a joke, from the pretentious, verbose introduction the boring, washed out, pointless photographs, it's just a piece of shit.

We're you all bored in the 70's, when this document was released and stirred up all sorts of "controversy"?

Any collector of fine art photography will probably feel as though he or she should have it in their collection as it's considered such a classic. I know that I felt that way and bought it sight unseen. Next time I'll just set the money on fire or hand it
Eggleston is Eggleston. Some of his work is just perfect, while some of it seems very worthy of the condemnation heaped on him by Ansel Adams and others. He broke ground, and he was a personality, which the arts seem to need. Having read Szarkozy's introduction to this collection I get what he meant to the era. I consider him a bit of a role model for urban and rural reportage in America. But I've also seen the documentary, and I know what a mess he was as a human being. The book is worth a look ...more
Ondřej Trhoň
Revolucionář barvou, záznam běžného života, výborná práce s odstíny. Škoda horšího tisku a přeintelektualizované předmluvy.
Splendide le foto, buona la riproduzione, e un'introduzione di Szarkowski sulla fotografia come arte ancora attualissima e davvero interessante.
Susan Klinke
I didn't get much out of the writing. I like the photos, but the quality of them in my book (a library copy) is not very good. These photos have/use(?) a snapshot aesthetic, and Eggleston is known to be the (or at least one of the) first photographers to use color film in a way that the modern art world accepted as fine art. Black & white was what most fine art photographers used to take "serious" pictures. I'm still not clear just what the difference is between snapshots and the snapshot ae ...more
I get Eggleston. "Guide" is a fun read that's good for the occasional creative jolt. It probably deserves more than three stars from me, and I want to give it more, but I just can't. There's better Eggleston stuff out there. And while his style was groundbreaking at the time, many others have carried his ideas further and are coming up with photography far more interesting than what's in "Guides." So, three stars. But three gold foil stars.
I love the introductory essay by John Szarkowski, in which he discusses the transition to colour photography (in the art world), and how & why Eggleston succeeded where other photographers failed to find a way of making successful work in colour.

Even with that context, though, I still don't love Eggleston. With the exception of a couple of landscapes later in the book that made me hold my breath in awe, I'll still take Stephen Shore any day.
Eggleston's work is dedicated to showing the beauty, humor and horror that surround us at all times and in all places. Forty-eight images of this viewpoint are captured here. Be sure to check out Walker Evans' Polaroids book - also on my "best of 2002" list.
Recommended by Amy
I love this collection. I'm not sure there is much more to say. Either you get his work, and appreciate what he did to bring color photography into fine art, or you don't. I'd love to see the larger set of images from which this is taken.
This book flipped my lid, opened my eyes, charmed me, made me turn a rich leafy green with envy, and seeing these printed in your own hands is a plus as opposed to seeing them online.
I know it's weird to say that I "read" a photo book, but I am referring to the introduction written by John Szarkowski.
Apr 19, 2007 Warren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with eyes
Shelves: non-fiction
What good are words? One of the most influencial and beautiful books on photograpy I've ever read.
Unique views by a unique person. I think it still is groundbraking work.
F.C. Etier
Eggleston is one of my most significant inspirations as a photographer.
what a photographer! excellent
Boring things really are boring.
My #1 favorite photographer.
George Seminara
Jealousy abounds.
Loved this!
Marc Friedman
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Born in Memphis and raised in Sumner, Mississippi, William Eggleston was, even in youth, more interested in art and observing the world around him than in the more popular southern boyhood pursuits of hunting and sports. While he dabbled in obtaining an education at a succession of colleges including Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, he became interested in the work of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresso ...more
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