William Eggleston is widely considered to be one of the most influential photographers of all time and his ability to depict the everyday in interesting ways is justly lauded.
His book, William Eggleston’s Guide, is a depiction of the first ever show of color photographs shown at MOMA (The Museum of Modern Art).
This was at a time when the general agreement was that only black and white photography was good photography.
Why We Love William Eggleston’s Guide
A lot of great photography is intimidating because you look at it and think, “sure, maybe I could do that with 20 years’ training, $50,000 of gear and a free trip to Peru” but that’s not Eggleston’s work.
Eggleston’s genius was for cataloguing the ordinary in interesting ways.
His images are captured on his front doorstep, using relatively simple equipment (for its day) and much of the billiance is in his processing (which is super easy for the digital photographers of today to emulate).
He was a visionary but one that every shooter can relate to in a positive way and they can incorporate his influences easily in their own work.
Final Thoughts On William Eggleston’s Guide
Eggleston changed the world when it comes to the acceptance of color photography.
And he’ll change your work when you read WIlliam Eggleston’s Guide, Eggleston makes photography delightfully simple and easy to engage with.
If you want other inspiring ideas for your photography then don’t miss out on Joel Meyerowizt’s Where I Find Myself, Alex Webb’s The Suffering of Light or Max Weber’s The Urban Prisoner!
You can grab a copy online here.