William Eggleston

Mary Logan Barmeyer

WILLIAM EGGLESTON

"Democratic Camera 1961-2008"

This is the guy who changed color photography as we know it by treating every place and every mundane thing as a possible subject -- hence the democratic camera. Raised in the South and admired for his southernness, Eggleston set up camp in New York, but never cut his ties with the scene in and around Memphis. See evidence of southern seventies-style grittiness (transvestites, Quaalude, etc.) in his full-length video, Stranded in Canton, also on display in this retrospective (see screening times here).

Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., (212) 570-3600. Nov. 7-Jan. 25, 2009.

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