- Gebundene Ausgabe: 156 Seiten
- Verlag: Thames & Hudson Ltd; Auflage: 01 (1. Mai 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0500974969
- ISBN-13: 978-0500974964
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 29,2 x 1,9 x 28,6 cm
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William Eggleston (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Mai 2002
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William Eggleston's portraits of rural Georgia on the eve of Jimmy Carter's election capture the calm before the storm.--Malcolm Jones "The Daily Beast " -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
Born in 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee, where he still lives, William Eggleston is widely considered one of America's most important photographers. His 1976 one-man exhibition, Photographs by William Eggleston, at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, marked a turning point in the history of photography: this was when colour photography gained recognition as a medium of artistic expression. His intense, dramatic use of colour and 'democratic' approach to mundane subject matter continue to have an enormous impact on contemporary photographic practice. Published to accompany the exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, this volume brings together Eggleston's most significant works, from his first experiments in black and white to a series of photographs of Kyoto produced specifically for this exhibit. Drawing on public and private collections in Europe and the United States, this book contains vintage prints executed in the technique most characteristic of his work, the dye transfer process, as well as many lesser-known and previously unseen photographs.From Mississippi to Berlin, Kenya to Asia, Eggleston has tirelessly explored the wider world, transforming, through his camera, the ordinary into the extraordinary. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The photos Eggleston took in 1976 are beautiful as one would expect, with a subtle quietness capturing the countryside and small towns in this part of the South. They don't have the dazzle and exuberance of the ten volume Democratic Forest (also published by Steidl) which I consider a sort of Eggleston photo biography. Instead the images have a predominance of green, brown and blue skies. These colours interestingly run through the town photos where I would have expected to see a flamboyant combination of commercial signage, neon, brightly coloured vehicles and architecture, Eggleston seems to have avoided this aspect of small towns for this commission.
I thought the sequencing of the photos particularly good with the first twenty or so revealing some wonderfully observed views of the countryside, close-up and middle distance, followed by shots of houses and commercial buildings on the edge of various towns near Plains. Thirty-two photos are of Plains and its vicinity. The hundred photos, of course, have nothing to do with the Presidential election they are just fascinating images of the South focusing on an area where one of the election candidates was born and lived. Oddly one photo seems out of place, seventy-two shows part of the bottom legs of a water tower, a utility pole and trees in the background, somehow I just didn't think it blended in seamlessly with the other ninety-nine in the book.
Once again Steidl have produced the perfect photobook, the pictures are only on the right-hand pages surrounded by generous margins, the opposite page has a brief geographic caption. Though the screen is only 175 it brings out all the detail when printed on a slightly creamy 170gsm matt art paper. The five original sale copies of Election Eve are now probably worth thousands but this new edition captures the greatness for a reasonable price.
It's odd that no one has reviewed this book on Amazon. While it is currently out of print and very expensive to buy, it has been around for almost 10 years and much of that time it was affordable and available. At the current prices, it is definitely not a good value. But it is a good survey of Eggleston's older work with a few newer (at the time) pictures thrown in for good measure. It was published as part of an exhibition in Paris in 2001/2002.
To make it brief, the book contains lesser known photographs dating back to Eggleston's black and white days as well as many of his well known works. The choices are good. To those of us who know Eggleston's works, it is familiar. To those unfamiliar with his work, this would be a good overview except for the current pricing of the book. The reproduction of the photographs is pretty good. The big problem with the presentation is the ghastly decision to present a few individual photographs across the gutter. This pretty much destroys the composition of the affected photographs. Thankfully, this is only done to a few photographs. There is a very short interview with Eggleston at the end of the book. It doesn't really give much insight into his work other than noting the cameras and lenses he was using at the time and his statement that he doesn't have any favorite individual photographs.
I cannot recommend this book at the current prices (in excess of $100 for a good used copy as of this writing) unless you're a die-hard Eggleston completist. As time goes by, more and more of Eggleston's work is being presented in exhibitions and publication. The photos in this book will probably be printed in other books, making this volume redundant. Yet this book is a good one and is recommended if you find it at a reasonable price.
EDIT 12/30/2017*****PLEASE READ*****
I'm gonna try something here. Since Amazon has included a review I wrote for the book "William Eggleston" (the book with the "Red Ceiling" photo) for this book I've been trying to get it corrected. Having failed and seeing that deletion of the original review will also delete it from the book it was meant to review, I'm adding my review of "Election Eve" as an edit. If Amazon ever gets this straightened out, I'll come back and try to separate the two reviews. (What a mess! Thanks, Amazon.)
REVIEW OF "ELECTION EVE"
Amazon saw fit to include a review here that I made of another Eggleston book several years ago. Apparently all books by the same author are the same, according to the thinking of someone at Amazon. But it's time to rectify that mistake and look at "Election Eve", Eggleston's first limited edition book.
As the text states, the original edition was a very limited edition--only five copies. That probably makes it the rarest of Eggleston's books. The photos were done in the weeks prior to the 1976 election of Jimmy Carter as US President and the subject matter is the landscapes surrounding Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia, and the path Eggleston took in traveling from Mississippi to Plains. There's not much in the way of grand Southern mansions or picturesque nature scenes. This is early Eggleston, photographing democratically the commonplace subjects that first brought him to the attention of the art world.
The first impression you have when viewing these photos raises the question, "Is Eggleston a huckster, pulling the wool over our eyes with his crude snapshots of unimportant places and people?" My answer is, "Yes...sort of. But...."
Taken on technical grounds only, Eggleston's photos are not exactly inspiring. Items have a habit of creeping into his frame from the sides and subject matter is...well, nothing special. There's redundancy here--several photos of trees, weeds and bushes. Trees, weeds and bushes lacking any significance to the election Eggleston is supposedly documenting. Yet the trees grow in a landscape that informs us of how the people here also grow. A landscape that influenced Carter's development. A landscape that also influenced Eggleston. When we finally see Plains and the communities around it, we aren't treated to the town squares or the business centers, what we see are the peripheral areas--dirt streets and roads and worn down buildings. These are the areas the inhabitants know and frequent, not the picture postcards of the Chambers of Commerce. That Eggleston shoots in color emphasizes this starkness.
"Yes...sort of. But...." Eggleston's work bypasses the obviousness (with which he says he is at war) of the moment and goes to the soul of the subject. Forty years down the road, we can look back on the 1976 election without the idealization of vision we had at the time, expecting great things and great changes. We've had those expectations before and since and we always discover later that little has really changed at all. Forty years down the road, we can look at photos of trees, weeds and bushes in a Southern landscape and see them as just more trees, weeds and bushes photographed beautifully and presented in harsh light with Kodachrome colors.
The book itself is extremely well done. Reproduction is excellent and the accompanying text is, thankfully, spare yet informative.