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Inspiring & Interesting,
This review is from: William Eggleston: Before Color (Hardcover)
This is a very good collection of Eggleston's black and White work and reflect life in middle America in the sixties and seventies and this is where the photographs work best; capturing day to day life and activities. There are some great shots of stores, gas stations and interiors with people going about their lives. Many grab attention simply because they are of such normal things. But equally there are a number of photographs that beg the question of why are they included. These include shots of people who are probable friends and that are similar to those spur of the moment picture we all have and keep in a box or album along with those of our first car. Such pictures don't usually mean much to other people and when published in a book such as this generate confusion and detract from the overall quality of the work. That said, in the main this book provides a good insight into Eggleston's way of looking at things and, as a keen photographer myself, often leads me to ask why I don't see such things in the same way; many times Eggleston seems to say through his work, 'look, here's the picture, stop and see it for yourself'. The book itself is well put together as would be expected by publisher Steidl and the quality of the reproductions is high albeit that Eggleston's own originals show large variants in printing quality and technique. Overall I found the work both interesting and inspiring, it will be well read over the years to come.