William Eggleston’s great achievement in photography can be described in a straightforward way: he captures everyday moments and transforms them into indelible images. William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008 presents a comprehensive selection from nearly fifty years of image-making.
Born in 1939 in Sumner, Mississippi, a small town in the Delta region, Eggleston showed an early interest in cameras and audio technology. While studying at various colleges in the South, he purchased his first camera and came across a copy of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s book The Decisive Moment (1952). In the early 1960s, Eggleston married and moved to Memphis, where he has lived ever since. He first worked in black-and-white, but by the end of the decade began photographing primarily in color. Internationally acclaimed and widely traveled, Eggleston has spent the past four decades photographing all around the world, conveying intuitive responses to fleeting configurations of cultural signs and moods as specific expressions of local color. Psychologically complex and casually refined, bordering on kitsch and never conventionally beautiful, these photographs speak principally to the expanse of Eggleston’s imagination and have had a pervasive influence on all aspects of visual culture. By not censoring, rarely editing, and always photographing, Eggleston convinces us of the idea of the democratic camera.
Exhibition: William Eggleston: Democratic Camera Photographs and Video, 1961—2008, Whitney Museum, November 7 – January 25, 2009
The Eggleston Artistic Trust is dedicated to the representation and preservation of the work of William Eggleston.
Recommended reading: William Eggleston’s Guide
Julia Fullerton-Batten has done a wonderful project called In Between. She has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, and is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the leading young photographers in the country. The stage for her latest project is The Crescent House, an icon of modern architecture in the UK.
Saturn’s tiny, icy moon Enceladus has recently been visited by NASA’s Cassini orbiter, the images show the wide variety of this distant moon’s geology. Subtle differences in color may indicate different ice properties.
Boston.com has collected images of this gem of a planetary body.
Enceladus, Saturn, Solar System, more images at boston.com
A resident of Los Angeles since 1920, Julius Shulman has been documenting modernist architecture in Southern California and across the globe for nearly eight decades. His images of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 22 (1960) in Los Angeles and Richard J. Neutra’s Kaufmann House (1947) in Palm Springs are among the most recognizable and iconic architectural photographs of the 20th century.
Photography: Case Study House #21, Los Angeles, USA 1958, by Pierre Koenig, at Wright
Light painting is achieved by leaving the shutter of the camera open, long enough to expose the background and then ‘painting’ the scene with flashlights, LED’s or other light emitting objects. The results can be stunning.
Photography: Light Painting, by Cenci Goepel & Jens Warnecke, at Lightmark
Wallpaper* magazine is offering limited edition prints of their unique archive of work by Jonathan de Villiers, Mauricio Alejo, Jonathan Frantini, Christopher Griffith, Stefan Ruiz, Daniel Stier, Benedict Redgrove and Joël Tettamanti. Produced in editions of 10, 20 or 30 and signed and numbered by the artists. All of the works have appeared in Wallpaper*, having been commissioned especially for the magazine, but have never before been available to buy.
Wallpaper* Selects Limited Editions
Views of Tokyo taken from emergency staircases.
Twilight Zone, by Sato Shintaro
The German Car Giant Volkswagen, has built the largest motor vehicle factory under one roof in the world. The machine is building the machine.
Photography by Benedict Redgrove, of the Volkswagen factory, Wolfsburg, Germany for City