William Eggleston prints sell for 5.9 million
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20-03-12, 06:51 PM
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I think he was a bit late to be considered 'a pioneer of colour photography'....... Kodachrome (having already been around for ten years in a more primitive form) was finally released in 1935, AgfaColor followed in 1936. Eggleston 'discovered' it in 1965. Even I was using colour in 1962, when I was 11 (not Kodachrome, of course - far too expensive). Now, I'm not saying that my early pictures would be worth a fortune, but mine were sharp, reasonably well exposed and developed, with some form of composition learned from my Art teacher.
Regarding 'Untitled' images (I think all of them).... imagine the scene.
"I'd like an Eggleston print, please, Mr Shopkeeper".
"Certainly sir, what's the name of the print you'd like?"
"Er - no idea, sorry, it's 'untitled', but it's a badly composed and developed picture of a sign on top of a shop."
"Oh yes, I know the one..... from 1973."
(and the shopkeeper's VAT inspector may have trouble understanding that fifteen items called 'Untitled' were sold, at wildly differing prices).
Well according to the V&A "William Eggleston's colour photographs pinpoint the moment when colour photography began to be generally accepted as part of the language of art photography."
and " William Eggleston, known as "the Father of Colour Photography", possessed a kind of mischievous punk aesthetic when he clashed with the photographic orthodoxy in the mid-Sixties."
He was not the first ever person to use colour film but he was one of the early pioneers of colour art photography as I said before :-) That had previously been dominated by black and white work.
I mean some people like him, some don't but obviously he has been sucessful enough to sell his work for over 5.9 million so he must have done something right :-)
I also think people who were familiar enough with his work to purchase it would have no problems describing the image they want to purchase to someone at Christies for example.
I wish I had the money to buy some original prints, I would buy them in a heartbeat! I recently purchased " Chromes" a 3 book box set which was £209 with some of my poty money and the work in it has totally blown me away - I just love the guy :-)
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