William Eggleston Quotes

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William Eggleston's color photographs are featured in an exhibition currently at the Metropolitan Museum.


The photos are dye-transfer prints from his Los Alamos series, taken mostly in the American south in the early 1970s. 


The curators wisely avoided writing their own interpretations of the images, and instead accompanied the photos with occasional quotes by Eggleston. 

Eggleston's thinking about his images has inspired all sorts of visual artists and filmmakers who are captivated by the quotidian. 


“I am at war with the obvious.”

“I had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around, that nothing was more or less important.”

"Whatever it is about pictures, photographs, it’s just about impossible to follow up with words. They don’t have anything to do with each other.”

“I want to make a picture that could stand on its own, regardless of what it was a picture of. I’ve never been a bit interested in the fact that this was a picture of a blues musician or a street corner or something.”

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The exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum will be on show through May 28.
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