William Eggleston and the Color Tradition (October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000
Not currently on view
William Eggleston (American, born 1939)
Mississippi, United States (Place depicted)
negative about 1970; print 1980
Dye imbibition print
29.2 × 44.3 cm (11 1/2 × 17 7/16 in.)
© Eggleston Artistic Trust
Gift of Caldecot Chubb
"If you take off the viewfinder of the camera, you end up looking more intensely as you walk around. When it is time to make the photograph it is all ready for you. This makes you much freer, so you can hold the camera up in the air as if you were ten feet tall..."
Thus William Eggleston explained the technique he devised around 1976, choosing to aim his camera at his subjects while freeing his eye to look at the scene before him rather than at a defined portion of it through the viewfinder. His images are no less precise; here he captured both detail and a sense of space in this recently trod-upon landscape.