Memphis

Object Details

Title:

Memphis

Artist/Maker(s):

William Eggleston (American, born 1939)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Memphis, Tennessee, United States (Place depicted)

Date:

negative about 1965 - 1968; print 1980

Medium:

Dye imbibition print

Dimensions:

30.2 x 44.3 cm (11 7/8 x 17 7/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Eggleston Artistic Trust

Credit Line:

Gift of Caldecot Chubb

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"Sometimes I like the idea of making a picture that does not look like a human picture. Humans make pictures which tend to be about five feet above the ground looking out horizontally. I like very fast flying insects moving all over and I wonder what their view is from moment to moment. I have made a few pictures which show that physical viewpoint. . . . The tricycle is similar. It is an insect's view or it could be a child's view."

Thus William Eggleston explained the radical perspective he employed in this photograph of a child's tricycle seeming to dwarf the homes and automobile in the background. This photograph graced the cover of the catalogue for Eggleston's groundbreaking exhibition of color photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in 1976.

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
William Eggleston (November 18, 2001 to September 22, 2002)
  • Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, (Paris), November 18, 2001 to March 10, 2002
  • The Hayward Gallery, (London), July 11 to September 22, 2002