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Two and One Quarter
Born and raised in Mississippi and Tennessee, William Eggleston began taking pictures during the 1960s after seeing Henri Cartier-Bresson's The Decisive Moment. In 1966 he changed from black and white to color film, perhaps to make the medium more his own and less that of his esteemed predecessors. John Sarkowski, when he was curator of photography at the Museum of Modern ...more
Hardcover, 100 pages
Published July 31st 1999 by Twin Palms Publishers
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He does very odd things with composition, things I admire even if I barely understand them. Frequently something looks like a detail from a wider shot, there are things half-occupying the edges. Or the POV is dramatically low, giving the clutter of shabby life a height and grandeur. Landscapes and interiors usually empty, occasionally capturing a lone individual, rarely grabbing people but often charging them with all manner of tensions. Color, as I understand, is the big deal here, and it is ...more
Eggleston, the first color photographer to be given a show at New York's Museum of Modern Art, isn't often associated with Social Realists or Southern folk artists. Moreover, in the revealing interview that prefaces his 1998 Hasselblad Award catalogue, Eggleston says that he doesn't particularly like being referred to as a Southerner. Which is understandable: Labels too often allow critics, viewers, and/or readers to duck the difficult task of engaging an artist on his or her own terms. Still, ...more
Probably my favorite Eggleston collection. There's something about the feel of his photographs that suits the square format of Two and One Quarter, and the prodigious dimensions of the book give you plenty to look at. Fantastic & familiar, mysterious & obvious -- like all of his best work. Recommended.
Mar 22, 2012 Susan Klinke rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Eggleston is similar to Robert Frank, but in color. All of his photos are untitled and usually only list the location of the shot, if that. Included in the book are a few photos taken in Kyoto. There are so many photos I liked, many I've seen before, but some I have not.
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 ...more