The newest show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961–2008, is my favorite of theirs in quite awhile. Eggleston, a pioneer in color photography, shot a wide swath of American culture, from portraits to every day objects. But the Memphis-born artist is at his best with his Southern-tinged snapshots.
The largest exhibition of his work to be staged in the U.S., the show features over 150 photographs. These include some of his early black and white photos, and work from his series Troubled Waters, Graceland, Los Alamos and Election Eve.
I love his work because I have a particular interest in photography that documents the South, and especially old buildings. That's one reason I admire William Christenberry, who just so happens to make an appearance in this show, in portrait form.