Fort Leonardwood, Missouri

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Fort Leonardwood, Missouri


William Eggleston (American, born 1939)




probably 1967


Gelatin silver print


27.8 x 42.1 cm (10 15/16 x 16 9/16 in.)


© Eggleston Artistic Trust

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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 background. In William Eggleston's minimalist composition, the incidental elements of the landscape--telephone poles, a fire hydrant, and the building--draw almost as much attention as this anonymous local man.

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.

Strange Days: Photographs from the Sixties by Winogrand, Eggleston, and Arbus (July 1 to October 5, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 1 to October 5, 2003