Archive Explorations: William Eggleston

Over this past semester, I have been exploring different archives for a class that I am in. This has sparked my curiosity to the point where I have decided to show some of my favorite images through what I am calling "archive explorations".

For my first exploration, I have decided to do none other than William Eggleston. Images below are from the Eggleston Trust and Artsy

Eggleston has always been an inspiration for me in photography. I first saw his work when I was in the 6th grade looking over my mom's shoulder on her laptop. Since then, I have always been intrigued by the colors and the composition of his shots. 

Greenwood, Mississippi , 1973. Vintage dye transfer print.  Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York . Photo from  Artsy . 

Greenwood, Mississippi, 1973. Vintage dye transfer print. Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. Photo from Artsy

Many of Eggleston's shots primarily come from the American South and, in my eyes, represent a southern culture through different objects. For instance, the image above (Greenwood, Mississippi) is titled after a location but the focus of the image is a lightbulb that sticks out in a bright red room. The wires from the light each pull the eye to this bulb (turned off). What interests me about this is that we do not see what is actually in the room (other than the poster in the bottom right corner). 

Here are a few more shots I love!

Untitled, c.1975 (Marcia Hare in Memphis Tennessee), 1975. "William Eggleston Portraits" at National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo from Artsy.

Untitled (Citgo gas pump), 1976. Dye transfer print, printed 2011. Photo from Artsy

Photo from Eggleston's Cadillac Portfolio on

Untitled [Supermarket boy with carts], Memphis, 1965. From the series Los Alamos Folio 1. Found on Artsy

Here are a few favorites of mine! 

To explore more of William Eggleston visit the Eggleston Trust or explore on Artsy!