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William Eggleston in the Real World
September 1, 2005 12:28 PM   Subscribe

"I am at war with the obvious", photographer William Eggleston once said, explaining his attraction to a ceiling lightbulb engulfed in a shock of red or an old Gulf gasoline sign sprouting like a giant weed against a rural skyline. Attempting to understand that battle, filmmaker Michael Almereyda trailed the photographer in action and in repose over a period of five years. The resulting film is "William Eggleston in the Real World". More inside.,
posted by matteo (14 comments total)

 


Excellent, matteo, thank you very much.
posted by carter at 1:08 PM on September 1, 2005


Dittos on the thanks. I've heard mixed reviews of the film but still want to see it. I hear Eggleston comes off as very curmudgeonly.
posted by billysumday at 1:16 PM on September 1, 2005


matteo, have you seen the film yet? I was cosidering seeing it at the fest as Eggleston is interesting. However, there are few filmmakers who can fuck up a movie like Almereyda.
posted by dobbs at 1:36 PM on September 1, 2005


dobbs -- ha! My first thought literally was: "How can you convey Eggleston's work in Pixelvision?"
posted by Vidiot at 1:57 PM on September 1, 2005


one pixel at a time?


d. -- I did. it's not half bad, if somewhat oblique (I confess I really liked Almereyda's Hamlet, so take your pound of salt) but my recent documentary dedicated to a photographer remains the excellent "War Photographer", on Jim Nachtwey's work
posted by matteo at 2:45 PM on September 1, 2005


but my favorite recent documentary dedicated to a photographer remains
etc
posted by matteo at 2:46 PM on September 1, 2005


Great post. Thanks.
posted by Elmore at 2:52 PM on September 1, 2005


Thanks, m.
posted by dobbs at 2:55 PM on September 1, 2005


Eggleston's work is breathtaking. (IMhO)
posted by R. Mutt at 3:40 PM on September 1, 2005


Hilton Kramer - a critic with an incomparable talent for getting it wrong - led the shrill choir of the indignant, likening Eggleston's work to the recent wave of photo-realist painting: "the banal leading the banal."

And by the way ... Artworld rule of thumb #1:

If Hilton Kramer dislikes work, the work is most likely REALLY good.
posted by R. Mutt at 3:44 PM on September 1, 2005


Beautiful stuff. I'd never heard of him. Thanks for clueing me in. Excellent post.
posted by wheat at 5:16 PM on September 1, 2005


Besides being the the world's greatest contemporary photographer, Bill Eggelston is a (semi) living legend. As a native Memphian, I can attest to the fact that two boasts can get you a free drink in that city: 1) Your Momma dated Elvis; or 2) Bill Eggelston has tried to kill you at least once.
posted by stacyhall1 at 6:12 PM on September 1, 2005


I was toying with posting that eggleston trust link this week .......i really , really love William Eggleston so much .
posted by sgt.serenity at 11:04 PM on September 1, 2005


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