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Product details

  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Twin Palms Publishers; 2nd edition (31 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944092705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944092705
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 1.8 x 29.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

"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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I've just received this book as a Christmas gift and just loved from the istant I've opened it. Medium format immages take the reader through a vintage urban landscape. From an original vantage point. The quality of the print is outstanding, reproducing the warmth of the sunset light that characterize most of the picture of the book. A must have for those who love the performance of Eggleston.
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We brought this book for our sons birthday as he is into photography and really appreciates William Eggleston's works. An excellent collection of photos, great stuff. Arrived safe and sound, no problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beg, borrow, buy or steal this book 1 Nov. 2001
By Gary Bowden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've looked at thousands of photo books in my life and this is one of my personal favorites. Why? It isn't, for the most part, because of the subject matter. Eggleston's images are pretty banal -- common everyday objects that we routinely ignore. I like this book because it shows an undisputed master dealing simultaneously with two photographic problems -- color and a square image format. Even if you don't agree with Szarkowski's assertion that Eggleston was the first photographer to actually see in color (in contrast to the emphasis upon form and texture that characterizes black and white photography), there is no disputing the originality of his vision and the influence that it has had on subsequent generations of photographers. The images in this book, from early in his career, beautifully display that vision. But, unlike any of his other photographs, the ones in this book are square. Most photographs are reproduced in rectangular format, providing them with a natural visual tension. Faced with a square format, many photographers opt for symmetry as a compositional strategy. Not Eggleston -- he uses color to create disproportionate visual weights and add a visual dynamic to the images. For a nice contrast, compare the images in this book to those in Larry Fink's Social Graces (black and white photos in the 2 1/4 format) to appreciate the difference between using color (Eggleston) and non-symmetric form (Fink) to get rid of the structural monotony of the square image format. Finally, this book is an absolute delight to hold. The pages and cover, as with most other Twin Palms books, provide tactile pleasures a quantum leap beyond those in 98% of other books.
32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Washed out 20 Dec. 1999
By Robert Fagan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've viewed this book side by side with the Hasselblad Award Book, and I find the quality of the printing in 2 1/4 to be inferior to that in the Hasselblad volume. I think the selection of the photos is excellent, but the reproductions in this particular book are somewhat washed out. With an artist such as Eggleston,the color printing process is essential to communicating his vision. I found the quality of the printing in this book to be a disservice to his art.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine addition to the Eggleston catalog 9 Mar. 2000
By Geoffrey P. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful book, and those familiar with the photographer's work over the years will recognize his visual flair for color and love of the mystery in commonplace objects. In response to the previous reviewer, who was disappointed with the quality of image reproduction, I think the problem lies in the aging of the source negatives and/or transparencies...the sad but inevitable changes wrought by time. Twin Palms has done a fine job with this volume of early work by a master photogarapher.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything is immaclulate, except.... 11 July 2009
By Ron Obvious - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll make this short. This is a beautiful book, with a major exception. The basic features/layout of the book: the traditional left-page blank, right-page image that most photo books have, no page numbers, captions, or image titles on any of the pages. The binding is first-rate, the fabric cover is lovely, the first and last pages of the book are protective heavy paper fabric. The pages of the book are heavy and rough. There is no dust jacket. The book arrives shrink-wrapped to keep it clean. You may want to make your own just jacket.

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.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for all William Eggleston fans! 3 Mar. 2000
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
William Eggleston 2 1/4 presents full-page color photos of signs and contemporary urban images. His captures the stark realities of life and modern society and presents a fine hosting of modern photo forms.
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