William Eggleston was born in 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in the Mississippi Delta. He has lived in Memphis for the majority of his life. Since the 1970s, Eggleston's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide and work by the artist is held in major international museums. In 1975, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and since then has been the recipient of numerous notable awards, including the University of Memphis Distinguished Achievement Award (1996); Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (1998); International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement (2004); Getty Images Lifetime Achievement Award (2004); and the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication, Republique Francaise (Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic) (2016). Alexander Nemerov is department chair and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford, he was a professor of art history and American studies at Yale University. He has published several books and articles pertaining to the culture of American art dating from the eighteenth century to the 1970s. His writing often analyzes fiction and poetry alongside works of visual art.
"...for all the changes to the working class, Eggleston's unbiased
and unencumbered photographic vision of the country has stayed so
fixedly relevant, and few others have come close to touching
him."--Alexandra Pechman "W Magazine"
"...not to be missed."--Prudence Peiffer "ARTFORUM"
"More than any other project by Eggleston, these photographs deliver his aesthetic, which, as the title gives away, is also a philosophy of democracy: the power of the ordinary, the beauty of contingency, the aim of a universalist view."--Prudence Peiffer "BOOKFORUM"
"Pioneering an approach to the photograph as meticulous as it is seemingly effortless, Eggleston's work has charted a path and progression through both his own chosen craft and the American landscape."--D. Creahan "Art Observed"