Untitled, Memphis

Object Details


Untitled, Memphis


William Eggleston (American, born 1939)




Memphis, Tennessee, United States (Place depicted)


about 1972 - 1973


Chromogenic print


30.5 x 20.3 cm (12 x 8 in.)


© Eggleston Artistic Trust

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The body of a young girl, cropped from her shoulders to just below her knees and presented in profile, exudes all-American teenager posture and 1970s style. William Eggleston took the picture as part of his earliest series, "Los Alamos," which he made over a seven-year period.

For this print, Eggleston used color coupler printing, a quick, cheap process yielding "natural" color. From a color negative, he made a positive print on paper containing three emulsion layers of silver salts sensitized respectively to red, green, and blue. During development, he added dye couplers that joined to the silver particles to form three color layers. The superimposition of the color layers produces a full-color image.

- 1999

Eggleston Artistic Trust Santa Monica, CA, U.S.

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