William Eggleston

*1939

William Eggleston (American, born 1939) grew up on a cotton plantation in the Mississippi Delta and attended Vanderbilt University. He taught himself photography in 1957 guided by the works of Walker Evans and Henri Cartier-Bresson. From the 1960s on he worked exclusively in color, capturing captured everyday situations and objects from unusual angles and heightening their reality through color-intensive dye transfer prints. In 1967 he met Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, and John Szarkowski in New York. In 1976 the Museum of Modern Art presented his first solo show, which marked not only his personal breakthrough but also that of color photography in the art world. Eggleston received the Hasselblad Foundation Award in 1998.