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© Eggleston Artistic Trust
Gift of Caldecot Chubb

William Eggleston
American, Mississippi, Negative, about 1970; Print, 1980
Dye transfer print
16 x 20 in.

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"If you take off the viewfinder of the camera, you end up looking more intensely as you walk around. When it is time to make the photograph it is all ready for you. This makes you much freer, so you can hold the camera up in the air as if you were ten feet tall..."

Thus William Eggleston explained the technique he devised around 1976, choosing to aim his camera at his subjects while freeing his eye to look at the scene before him rather than at a defined portion of it through the viewfinder. His images are no less precise; here he captured both detail and a sense of space in this recently trod-upon landscape.