Southern portraits from William Eggleston

Celebrated Tennessee photographer William Eggleston takes centre stage at the National Portrait Gallery this summer for a retrospective of his works – including previously unseen images of The Clash frontman Joe Strummer and Hollywood icon Dennis Hopper.

Renowned for his mysterious, stark and poetic images which often feature people in diners, phone booths and supermarkets, Eggleston is hugely credited with bringing colour photography to the forefront in the 1960s.

Eggleston’s work mostly captures the ordinary world around him and what he calls ‘beauty in the everyday’ – seen through his portrayal of the people and places he’s encountered across the American south.

The show, entitled William Eggleston Portraits, also seeks to provide a unique perspective in to the artist’s life, as it will also feature portraits of Eggleston’s family, friends, musicians and actors –  including rarely seen images of Eggleston’s own close relations.

William Eggleston Portraits is @ The National Portrait Gallery until the 3rd of October 2016.

Ahmed Elmi


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