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William Eggleston‘s groundbreaking reinvention of color photography in the 1970s established him as one of America’s most original artists. His landmark solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, curated by John Szarkowski, and the companion book, William Eggleston’s Guide (1976), established him as the “father of color photography.” Eggleston’s other books and portfolios include Los Alamos, Election Eve, 5 x 7, 2 ¼, and William Eggleston: Paris. He has received awards and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hasselblad Foundation, and PhotoEspaña. In 2004, he was awarded the Getty Images Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Center of Photography. In 2008, the Whitney Museum of American Art, with Haus der Kunst in Munich, organized the retrospective exhibition William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961–2008.

William Eggleston’s first book, William Eggleston’s Guide (Museum of Modern Art, 1976)

William Eggleston reviewing finalists’ photographs for the 2010 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. Photographs and audio by Tom Rankin.


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