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Facing the Lens: William Eggleston

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Alec Soth
American, born 1969
Eggleston in his Music Room, Memphis, Tennessee, 2000
Chromogenic print
Gift of the artist and Dan and Mary Solomon 2007.110.15
Image: © Alec Soth

William Eggleston, of Memphis has photographed the American South almost exclusively, capturing the region’s distinctive signage, vegetation, and inhabitants. He began shooting color in 1965, and is generally credited with making color acceptable as creative photography. His solo exhibition in 1976 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and its accompanying book, William Eggleston’s Guide, were influential factors in this changing attitude. His work suggests the significance of the everyday, celebrating banal simplicity, and intentionally appearing random and offhand. Soth presents Eggleston in his home music room, pursuing one of his additional passions, framed through a doorway, in a rather surreptitious manner.

Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers is on view January 21—August 28, 2011 in the Harrison Photography Gallery 365.

Audio Tour
Eight photographers featured as subjects in the show talk about photography and their work. Hear them on your mobile device at

Participate in the Exhibition
Upload your self-portrait or photos of photographers to the MIA’s Facing the Lens group on Flickr. Your photos will be featured in the gallery and also on the MIA’s Web site. Please include your name, title of photo, and the date the photo was taken.
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