William Eggleston (biography) is credited of turning color photography into an accepted form of art photography.
His images grow on you. Things which appear as “nothing special” grow (usually within a few seconds) into concepts, metaphors and simply great photography:
The Red Ceiling is one of the best-known works by William Eggleston. It is also known as “Greenwood, Mississippi, 1973” after the location and year it was taken: See full frame view (Warning: Image is NOT office safe).
🔗 See a collection (on Pinterest) of images by amazing William Eggleston
“Nothing becomes weirdly amazing”!
In the following BBC documentary we discover the magic of Eggleston’s image composition which he admits has been greatly influenced by Henri Cartier Bresson’s work. Most striking is the calm, hypnotic and flowing voice of the artist: He speaks of always taking ONE picture per subject (not two or more). Related: Matters of Record — Art Forum.
He speaks of never taking things for granted, of how all space works* and counts! And shares how “nothing becomes weirdly amazing”:
“ I had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around, that nothing was more or less important.” — William Eggleston
Stranded in Canton
In 1973 Eggleston was influenced by his friend Andy Warhol to use the new Sony PortaPak video camera and he went off documenting the soul of Memphis and New Orleans: