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For Now Hardcover – October 31, 2010
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I have several Eggleston books, and I believe that I've only every seen one of the photos in this colleciton. If you're on the fence, believe me, just get it. It was worth $50. The text in the back is quite good, very insightful, and doesn't try too hard. If you were put off by the essay in the recent Democratic Forest book, then don't worry, there's nothing of that contrived loftiness here.
The saving grace of this book is that the color reproduction and printing quality are quite decent, especially for having been printed in China. In this respect it ranks up there with "William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video" as having the best reproduction quality (in my opinion, anyway) of any recent Eggleston book.
I take issue with one comment from another reviewer, that "This is vintage Eggleston, for the most part at his 1970's peak, before drink and age ravaged his great abilities." If you've watched Almereyda's film, "William Eggleston In the Real World" (which I actually didn't like that much due to Almereyda's pretentious commentary as well as the Parkinsonian handling of the video camera, but that is for another review), shot when Eggleston was well into his 60s, you can see for yourself that Eggleston's still got it, often churning out (imo) great pictures consecutively. It's sort of a funny comment too because in the same review, the writer admits that it is the editor who makes or breaks the book.
I have some mixed feeling about the book, a few of the pictures are really interesting but you won't find his acclaimed work here.