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William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008 (Whitney Museum of American Art) Hardcover – December 2, 2008

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"Besides more than 134 plates, this invaluable retrospective contains stills from Eggleston's cinema verité videotape Stranded in Canton and six cogent, jargon-free essays, the best by Eggleston's longtime writer friend, Stanley Booth."—Booklist
(Booklist 2008-12-15)

"Some of the images—an oven interior, shower stall, ceiling with electrical cords and light bulb—are classics. But this catalog . . . goes back to Eggleston's black-and-white work and extends to videos, becoming the most comprehensive volume on a master it's impossible to overrate."—Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune
(Alan G. Artner Chicago Tribune 2008-12-28)

About the Author

Elisabeth Sussman is curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, and editor of Gordon Matta-Clark: “You Are the Measure.” Thomas Weski is chief curator of the Haus der Kunst, Munich. Tina Kukielski is senior curatorial assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art. Stanley Booth is an independent music critic and writer. Donna De Salvo is chief curator and associate director of programs, Whitney Museum of American Art, and coeditor of Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE.

 
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Product Details

  • Series: Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Whitney Museum of American Art; First Edition edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300126212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300126211
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Domke on December 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sum: My favorite photo book of 2008

Pros:
* 227 Eggleston prints in vibrant color - I'm tempted to frame some.
* This large well-crafted hardbound book is a bargain at $40

Cons:
* Ugly cover
* 14-pages of the book cover a video from 1974 that has nothing to do with his main body of work.
* Erratic writing quality by 5 authors (why so many writers?)

Better writing about Eggleston can be found in the New Yorker. My favorite art critic Peter Schjeldahl writes:

"You can always tell a William Eggleston photograph. It's the one in color that hits you in the face and leaves you confused and happy, and perhaps convinces you that you don't understand photography nearly as well as you thought you did."

"He shoots like a shutterbug and executes like a painter."

In case you are wondering about the the use of the word "Democratic" in the title, it has notthing to do with politics. Instead it has to do with the way Eggleston picks the subjects he photographs. "I had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around: that nothing was more important or less important."
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I read in the New Yorker that Eggleston was having a retrospective at the Whitney and immediatly went on line to see if there was a catalogue. There was and I now have it and am happy that I do. His iconic images are here of course as well as many that I've never seen before. A wonderful collection of his work and one that I will share with my photo students at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA.
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This is a rehash of Eggleston's work that has previously been presented in other monographs and exhibition catalogs over the years. As such, there's nothing much new here. Reproduction varies with some details from individual pictures presented across the gutter--a practice I find distasteful. The articles accompanying the exhibit also vary considerably. Those of us who are familiar with Eggleston's body of work will find nothing particularly insightful here but the book is useful for those just getting acquainted with his style. His best published work remains "Los Alamos", "Guide", "The Democratic Forest" and a couple of others but virtually all Eggleston books are worth at least 4 stars. Now out of print--buy used.
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This is sort of a general reader or introduction to William Eggleston's photography meant to accompany the retrospective exhibition. Hopefully seeing some of the images in here will wet your appetite to look further into his work and pick up some of his classic books like Eggleston's Guide. None of the images from Paris are in here.
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