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© Eggleston Artistic Trust

William Eggleston
American, about 1967 - 1974
Chromogenic print
12 x 8 in.

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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.