William Eggleston in the Real World
Featuring the work of William Eggleston.
Palm Pictures, New York, 2006.
With his documentary William Eggleston in the Real World, filmmaker Michael Almereyda poses a fundamental question to the renowned photographer: What does it mean to see the world so differently that 'common' images are converted into unforgettable photos?
'I like to photograph democratically,' William Eggleston has said - a quote that doesn't quite account for the unique range and scope of his work, an ongoing project to describe the unreasonable beauty of 'ordinary' contemporary life.
Using minimal narration, the film provides a basic context for Eggleston's career, illustrated by generous displays of his photos as well as by family archives and other rare documentation.
But the film is essentially an informal portrait, and the main body of it sweeps along in the present tense, showing Eggleston in motion, a restless artist whose life is inextricably bound up with his work. In this way, the film attempts to mirror its subject's mix of candor and complexity. One hour, 24 minutes.
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