William Eggleston: At War with the Obvious

Related Exhibition William Eggleston

Tuesday, October 05, 2004, 12:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

When Eggleston's photographs were first exhibited in 1976, they provoked a critical response that ranged from admiration to outright condemnation. His medium, subject matter, and compositional style broke from established conventions of what constituted fine art photography, and his project - although visually compelling - was hard to summarize. Keller looks at why Eggleston's pictures remain so difficult to talk about critically, and why they continue to resonate so powerfully today.


Corey Keller, assistant curator of photography, SFMOMA