Southhaven, Mississippi

Object Details

Title:

Southhaven, Mississippi

Artist/Maker:

William Eggleston (American, born 1939)

Culture:

American

Place:

Southhaven, Mississippi, United States, North America (Place depicted)

Date:

1975 to 1980

Medium:

Dye imbibition print

Dimensions:

28.9 × 44.2 cm (11 3/8 × 17 3/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Eggleston Artistic Trust

Credit Line:

Gift of Caldecot Chubb

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"I am afraid that there are more people than I can imagine who can go no further than appreciating a picture that is a rectangle with an object in the middle of it which they can identify. They don't care what is around the object as long as nothing interferes with the object itself, right in the center . . . . what they really want to see is a picture with a figure or an object in the middle of it. They want something obvious. The blindness is apparent when someone lets slip the word "snapshot." Ignorance can always be covered by "snapshot." The word has never had any meaning. I am at war with the obvious."

Thus William Eggleston described his philosophy of picture-making. Indeed, the furniture in this home seems to have been assembled expressly to achieve the kind of central focus that Eggleston decried. Yet he chose to carefully place the organ just to the right of the picture's center and to shoot from an unusually low vantage point, so that the furniture seems to loom, holding court in the space.

Exhibitions
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
Education Resources

Education Resource

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Format

"Reading" Objects and Their Owners

In this lesson students examine the connection between a person's home and his or her personality.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; ESL (English as a Second Language)

Adult Learners

Single Class Lesson