Monday, August 22, 2016

William Eggleston’s Portrait Photography

Photo Of The Week

Untitled, 1974 (Karen Chatham, left, with the artist’s cousin Lesa Aldridge, in Memphis, Tennessee): William Eggleston, one of the pioneers of colour photography, sees beauty in the mundane, where the normalcy of the subjects is often deceptive; there’s more to the narrative. So, the ordinary is, by all accounts, quite extraordinary. Aesthetica writes about the exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in London: “The National Portrait Gallery hosts the most comprehensive display of Tennessee-born photographer William Eggleston’s portrait photography to date. An extensive celebration of the pioneer’s image-making, the exhibition sheds light on his entire career, from the 1960s right up until the present day. Renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images, Eggleston’s distinctive use of colour quickly established him as a pivotal player in the development of colour photography: his solo show at MoMA in 1976 was considered a vital moment in the genre’s recognition as a contemporary art form.” William Eggleston: Portraits is at the National Portrait Gallery, London, until October 23rd.
Photo Credit: William Eggleston, © Eggleston Artistic Trust.
Source: Aestherica