Not currently on view
William Eggleston (American, born 1939)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States (Place created)
Gelatin silver print
16.2 x 24.1 cm (6 3/8 x 9 1/2 in.)
© Eggleston Artistic Trust
William Eggleston was initially influenced by his friend Garry Winogrand's philosophy of photographing "to see what something looks like photographed," yet his own style is rooted in a personal approach. Here, he focuses on family members. His mother appears to yawn in front of the television. Eggleston's wife--seen in extreme close-up--smiles toward the camera. Her out-of-focus face and the older woman's blurred movement add a
Around the time this black-and-white image was made, William Eggleston had already met his friends and colleagues Winogrand and Lee Friedlander. Eggleston was still experimenting with a style that would not be fully developed for several years--one that later flourished in the medium of color. In this early work, though, the themes and subjects of his photography were already present.
Keller, Judith and Brett Abbott. Strange Days: Photographs from the Sixties by Winogrand, Eggleston, and Arbus (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum), fig. 3.