William Eggleston's Guide. Photographs by William Eggleston. Edited, with an essay by John Szarkowski. Designed by Carl Laanes. Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1976. 112 pp. Square octavo. First edition. SIGNED on title page. Hardbound with Black leatherette-covered boards, with title stamped in gilt. Color plate tipped into embossed front cover. No dust jacket as issued. four color plates; black-and-white portrait of William Eggleston by Geoffrey Biddle accompanied by a brief biography.
"Reduced to monochrome, Eggleston's designs would be in fact almost static, almost as blandly resolved as the patterns seen in kaleidoscope&, but they are perceived in color, where the wedge of purple necktie, or the red disk of the stoplight against the sky, has a different compositional torque than its equivalent panchromatic gray, as well as a different meaning. For Eggleston, who was perhaps never fully committed to photography in black and white, the lesson would be more easily and naturally learned, enabling him to make these pictures: real photographs, bits lifted from the visceral world with such tact and cunning that they seem true, seen in color from corner to corner."--from John Szarkowski's essay
"Eggleston's world would seem to be a largely private one, and yet it clearly touches us all, and has irrevocably changed the way in which we look at the world in photographs."--Parr & Badger.
William Eggleston's Guide was the first one-man show of color photographs presented at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum's first publication of color photography. The work in the Guide was made between 1969 and 1971, edited to a mere 48 powerful images. It was largely through Eggleston's efforts that color photography came to be accepted among the bastions of fine-art collectors. Since that time, Eggleston's deceptively informal gaze has influenced a subsequent generation of image-makers.
Fine-; some rubbing to cover image.