The ‘father of colour photography’ opens NYC exhibition

Delight in rural landscapes, restaurant interiors and architectural details.

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Untitled from The Democratic Forest, c. 1983-1986. © Eggleston Artistic Trust. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

As one of the most iconic practicing photographers of the last 60 years—often being referred to as “the father of colour photography”—it’s a blessing that another William Eggleston exhibition has landed in New York. In full swing until 17 December (so there’s plenty more time to see it) at the David Zwirner gallery, you can indulge in Eggleston’s striking photographic series, The Democratic Forest.

Oozing pop-out colours and a cinematic aesthetic, the master of photography has done it again. Each image teases its viewers with a hint of narrative, but only enough to spark your imagination to create its own colourful story. With the ability to transform the mundane into something extraordinary, Eggleston has paved the way for contemporary visual culture.

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Untitled from The Democratic Forest, c. 1983-1986. © Eggleston Artistic Trust. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

The Democratic Forest is an exhibition created from over 10,000 negatives taken by Eggleston in the mid-1980s, with locations stretching from southern and eastern parts of America to European countries. Picture rural landscapes, “architectural details, restaurant interiors and parking lots”—sounds completely dreamy.

Although taken three decades ago, these images grasp a timeless beauty and are based on the ideal that “no particular subject is more or less important than another”. The show consists of 40 images, most of which have never been exhibited before, making it even more noteworthy.

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Untitled from The Democratic Forest, c. 1983-1986. © Eggleston Artistic Trust. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

27 October until 17 December

 

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Words by Lottie Hodson