At the end of the 1950s william eggleston began to photograph around his home in memphis using black and white 35mm film fascinated by the photography of henri cartier bresson eggleston declared at the time i couldnt imagine doing anything more than making a perfect fake cartier bresson. E ggleston in black and white it seems a contradiction in terms but here finally is the evidence that even the most famous colour photographer of all once saw the world around him in monochrome. Between 1960 and 1965 eggleston worked exclusively in black and white and people were egglestons primary subject caught unawares while going about ordinary tasks in the 1970s eggleston increasingly frequented the memphis night club scene developing friendships and getting to know musicians and artists. From black and white to color includes some exceptional as yet unpublished photographs and displays the evolution ruptures and above all the radicalness of egglestons work when he began photographing in color at the end of the 1960s. Black and white is an updated and expanded edition of william egglestons born 1939 before color steidl 2012 the first publication to comprehensively present egglestons early black and white photos and explore his artistic beginnings
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