William Eggleston was born in Memphis, in 1939. Early inspirations for the American Photographer were Photographers Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank & Walker Evans.
Having shot mostly in B&W, Eggleston experimented with colour in 1964 and in the early 70’s discovered a dye-transfer process that could afford him greater control over the colours in his images and heighten intensity of his often ‘ordinary’ subject matter. This process had only so far, been used in commercial work. Using this technique, Eggleston produced ’14 pictures’ his first published portfolio (1974). (J.Paul Getty Museum)
Two years after this in 1976 he exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in a solo show. The show had many sceptics and critics including the New York Times who called it ‘The Most Hated Show of The Year’. By the 21st Century however, William Eggleston was recognised as a pioneer in colour photography and has influenced many photographers and filmmakers such as Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky and David Lynch.
References: New York Times-Hollond Cotter 2008/Brittanica.com/J.Paul Getty Museum/Whitney Museum of Modern Art.