William Eggleston: For Now
A revised edition of unpublished pieces from the “B-sides” of Eggleston’s archive, curated and analyzed by Hollywood writers, directors and authors
American photographer William Eggleston approached his quotidian snapshots of Americana with a vivid and cinematic eye. For Now is a curation of Eggleston’s unpublished photographs by filmmaker Michael Almereyda, director of the 2005 documentary William Eggleston in the Real World. Almereyda pores through a collection of over 35,000 images in the archive spanning four decades of work in what he calls “the B-sides, the bootlegs, the unreleased tracks.” This oversized fourth edition includes eight additional new unpublished photographs. Essays include text by Almereyda as well as Greil Marcus, author of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century; author and film critic Amy Taubin; Kristine McKenna, Los Angeles Times journalist from 1977 through 1998, and one of the first mainstream chroniclers of the L.A. punk rock scene; and director and screenwriter Lloyd Fonvielle. Unusual in its concentration on the artist’s family and friends, the book suggests an air of offhand intimacy, typical of Eggleston and typically surprising.
William Eggleston (born 1939) encountered photography and abstract expressionism while studying at Vanderbilt and the University of Mississippi. Inspired by the work of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eggleston began working with color film in the 1960s and is credited with popularizing its use among artistic photographers. His work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Michael Almereyda (born 1959) originally studied art history at Harvard before leaving the university to pursue filmmaking. He is best known for his 2000 adaptation of Hamlet starring Ethan Hawke and Julia Stiles. His 2005 documentary, William Eggleston in the Real World was nominated for a Gotham Award.