William Eggleston — From Black and White to Color



William Eggleston
From Black and White to Color

Past: September 9 → December 21, 2014

“I had to face the fact that what I had to do was go out into foreign landscapes. What was new back then, was shopping centers, and I took pictures of them.”

William Eggleston

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 couldn’t imagine doing anything more than making a perfect fake Cartier-Bresson.” Eventually Eggleston developed his own style which later shaped his seminal work in color—an original vision of the American everyday with its icons of banality : supermarkets, diners, service stations, automobiles and ghostly figures lost in space.

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William Eggleston, From Los Alamos Folio 1, Memphis, (supermarket boy with carts), 1965 Photographie © William Eggleston / Courtesy Wilson Centre for Photography

William Eggleston : From Black and White to Color includes some exceptional as yet unpublished photographs borrowed from the artist collection and various lenders, and displays the evolution, ruptures and above all the radicalness of Eggleston’s work when he began photographing in color at the end of the 1960s. Here we discover similar obsessions and recurrent themes as present in his early black-and-white work including ceilings, food, and scenes of waiting, as well as Eggleston’s unconventional croppings—all definitive traits of the photographer who famously proclaimed, “I am at war with the obvious.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, published by Steidl with a study by Thomas Weski and an introduction by Agnès Sire.

The exhibition is part of the Month of Photography in Paris.

03 Le Marais Zoom in 03 Le Marais Zoom out

79 rue des Archives

75003 Paris


Arts et Métiers

Opening hours

Every day except Monday, 11 AM – 7 PM

Admission fee

Full rate €9.00 — Concessions €5.00

Gratuit pour les Amis de la Fondation.

The artist