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Discussion in 'Photographers' started by Mainecoonmaniac, May 23, 2013.
Good for him! Strange bird, that Eggleston. Whether you love or hate his work (I do, both) - you have to wonder why he possibly needed all these variations of bodies. No idea what to do with his millions, I suppose.
Yea just an old box full of leicas... It must be fun to be him. I watched his documentary a while back, just walking and shooting everything. Not a bad way to through your photographic career especially when your paid pretty well to do it. I'm gonna look out for this weekends issue of the wsj.
He aught to stick to collecting cameras instead of using them to taking totally banal pictures, and do the World a favour.
I saw a huge exhibit of his work called The Democratic Camera at the National Gallery of Art. He's a funny guy and has some interesting friends--to tell from the documentaries shown with the exhibit. He's done some really great work and some of his prints are dye transfers--gorgeous stuff. There's always a reason why he clicks the shutter.
What a massive camera collection. I feel guilty about having 10 cameras, as I can only use one at a time. With regard to his images, I have seen a few that I think are brilliant, but many that leave me cold. In fact that tricycle picture would be a good subject for a critique thread on APUG.
"needs more detail in the tyres. Have you tested your film?"
"not enough detail in the sky"
"the sense of scale isn't right"
"too much space on the left side of the frame"
"I've got a million snaps like this! But I'm not showing you even one!"
"would be better in black and white"
There you go cliveh, no need now.
I am inclined to agree and I don't like the angle of the shot. But what do others think?
Speak for your own World.
I'm bemused by the fact that he appears to have all those camera bodies in an un-padded, atache case style of box.
And I too find that his work grows and grows on me.
I saw some of his show at LA County Museum and his dye transfer prints are gorgeous. His subject matter is prosaic, but his art is finding beauty in the ordinary.
Wow.. I cant believe the critique of Eggleston's Tricycle photograph.. Eggleston's color photographs where way before there time.
He is the godfather of color and his compositions are stunning...
Your bump reminded me of this thread. I did see the article in the wsj magazine insert. It was a 2 page spread of only this picture blown up of his cameras in that suitcase. What's the point of getting the paper when it's online with a larger article and more pictures and free? Well the print version also mentions when he bought the case he had a carpenter friend outfit it with dividers. It didn't mention if the cameras worked, or if he bought them new and wore them out, or if he even still uses them. Kinda crappy reporting.
With someone like Eggleston you have to look at a body of work, not just isolated images. He was a trendsetter. Off-the-cuff snapshots with
a lovely feel for color, which came across with a great deal of charm (or sometimes a sinister twist) when he had them printed as small rich
dyes transfers. The redux blown-up inkjets just don't have the same feel at all.
Or, "There aren't any people in it."