Sunday, February 28, 2010

Democratic Camera

I had a chance to quickly go through Williams Eggleston's beautiful retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago that opened yesterday. I'm familiar with his work but there were a lot of images on display, especially from his Los Alamos series, that he'd shot in the 1970's but had never shown to the public 'till now.

Eggleston is known for his early explorations in color photography and his penchant for capturing views that were previously thought of as banal and not worth shooting. This exhibition has many examples from the various series he's photographed, including ones in Memphis, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia. There's humor in his work but there's also a lot of serious observations of people and the everyday places they inhabit. I know I've been influenced by his world view.

He made a rare public appearance at the museum yesterday. There must've been several hundred people in line, most with the show's catalog in hand, which I thought was a great turnout. I'll definitely be back to spend more time with the images.

William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961–2008
Art Institute of Chicago
Michigan at Adams
Chicago, IL

This show will be on view through May 23, 2010.

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