William Eggleston: Photographs from the Laura and Jay Crouse Collection
Gallery 2 & 3
It is said that William Eggleston’s unique ability to conflate the epic and the everyday has made him one of the most impactful figures in late twentieth century photography. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Eggleston first photographed his local environs in the 1950s in black-and-white, but became one of the first fine art photographers to use color to record his observations in a more heightened and accurate way. Today his strikingly vivid, yet enigmatic images of parked cars, billboards, storefronts, diners, and other artifacts of the ordinary world are considered groundbreaking. The photographs presented in this edition of the Gibbes’s Charleston Collects exhibition series were selected from the Laura and Jay Crouse Collection and represent many of the pioneering artist’s most notable works. This exhibition is accompanied by a full color catalogue with an essay on the artist by Simon Constantine, PhD, a lecturer on the history of photography at Birkbeck, University of London, and a longstanding consultant lecturer for Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London.