William Eggleston - Two and One Quarter Hardcover – 31 Jul 1999
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"William Eggleston was born in 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. He took his first black-and-white photographs at age 18 and soon became serious about photography, though he never studied it formally. His first color work was shot in 1964 in color negative film, but in the late 60s he began to use color slides; it was some of those slides that he brought with him to New York in 1967, when he met Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, and John Szarkowski. It was Szarkowski who curated Eggleston's landmark 1976 solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York--a breakthrough in the perception of color photography as a serious form of fine art. The recipient of the 1998 Hasselblad Award, Eggleston's work was most recently seen in Documenta11 and in a major retrospective at the Fondation Cartier in Paris."
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This book just has one major problem - the images. The color is good and they are printed well but there are obvious 'scan lines' like the images were scanned from prints (maybe) but they were scanned at poor resolution or something. You don't have to be a 'pixel peeper' or anything to see them either. Some images are more obvious than others because they may have more space where the tone is consistent and so they are noticeable. Even still, this is a nice book and the price is nice. I bought this along with Stephen Shore's Uncommon Places which was done by Aperture and it is a better book when it comes to the printing of the actual images. I intend to write Twin Palms about the issue. The book was manufactured in Korea. It is a high-quality book in the materials and construction but the actual image printing is it's downfall. This particular edition is the 4th. Perhaps previous editions were better.
It seems like I'm riding this book pretty hard and I guess I am. However I still recommend this book and am glad I have it. It really should have a dust jacket however. To do so much on the build quality of the book and then screw up the printing is a little mystifying.