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Fort Leonardwood, Missouri
William Eggleston (American, born 1939)
Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, United States (Place created)
Gelatin silver print
27.8 × 42.1 cm (10 15/16 × 16 9/16 in.)
© Eggleston Artistic Trust
A very tall man, his height comparable to that of a stop sign nearby, walks toward the photographer. The man's height and stiff posture echo the rigid signpost's; at left, the elongated shadows of sign and man reach along the curve of the road to a nondescript building in the
Eggleston's image describes the empty, transitional, forgettable spaces between urban and rural areas of the South in the 1960s. Eggleston recorded Memphis-area neighborhoods and people as if they were the subjects of a diary, and his familiarity with them pervades his images.
Prodger, Phillip. William Eggleston: Portraits, exh. cat. (London: National Portrait Gallery, London, 2016), p. 62.