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.
William Eggleston: At War with the Obvious
Related Exhibition William Eggleston
Tuesday, October 05, 2004, 12:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Corey Keller, assistant curator of photography, SFMOMA