- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (October 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870703781
- ISBN-13: 978-0870703782
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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William Eggleston's Guide Hardcover – October 15, 2002
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John Szarkowski is Director Emeritus of the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the author of numerous books and a photographer in his own right.
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But I also sense that Eggleston is one of the few that still enjoyed a somewhat Patrician upbringing from an era gone by, (The Spoiled Squires of the South) and his images are those of an observer and not a participant. I like the quality of these images that don't have the linear and often harsh quality of digital photography, but the constant and repeated mantras in reviews of this book that Eggleston was a pioneer in color photography are bogus. Others were shooting in color as well, its the exclusionary gallery culture at work here creating their own tall tales.
The front introductory section written by John Szarkowski is for me an entirely separate part of the book and makes for good reading, altough I find the constant name dropping and tortured language that rambles on more of an attempt by John Z to show off his knowledge of photography and how he defines Eggleston's work, and that we readers are mere minions. Enough said, those are my viewpoints. Buy the book and check it out for yourself.