Lily Frances on William Eggleston

William Eggleston was the first photographer’s work I ever saw in a museum. I was young, and at the time, didn’t like going on those types of outings with my parents. Art was always too serious (and sometimes scary) for a little girl like me, but for some reason I liked Eggleston’s work. I liked it then, because it was pretty. I could understand the images and enjoy the colors. Eggleston’s work was my first introduction to photography as an art medium. It’s funny how time can go on and you can enjoy something in a completely different way. Today, Eggleston represents more to me than just fun cultural images and the bright colors of the 60s and 70s. To me, Eggleston really created a photographic style the especially today, you can see a lot of people imitate. Not only that, but I think he was a really important documentary photographer. He once said, “I am at war with the obvious” which I think really describes his type of work and the time period he comes from.


Lily Frances, Library Intern

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