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

About Liz Sales

Liz Sales is cataloged as a bibliographic items with International Center of Photography Library. A bibliographic item can be any information entity (e.g., books, computer files, graphics, realia, cartographic materials, or in Liz's case, Liz) that is considered library material as far as it is relevant to the catalog and to the patrons of the library in question. Liz is the only human being recognized by the Library of Congress as a library holding and has an assigned Library of Congress and ISBN #. While she cannot always be found at the library, she is a permanent part of the collection. For more information about Liz look up her library record at either or
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1 Response to Lily Frances on William Eggleston

  1. Frank Rodick says:

    Nice quote: “I am at war with the obvious.” Thanks for the post.

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