The Democratic Forest: Selected Works by William Eggleston. First edition (2016). First impression. Large format hardback in fine condition. Signed by William Eggleston to title page. Some minor scuffmarks to rear cover, no other markings. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About The Democratic Forest: Selected Works
So, Eggleston is often referred to as the “father of color photography”. Over the course of nearly six decades, he has established a singular pictorial style. That deftly combines subject matter also with an innate and mature understanding of color, form, and composition. “I am at war with the obvious,” he has said. His images transform the ordinary into distinctive, poetic images that eschew fixed meaning.
This book features selections from the ten volume The Democratic Forest (Steidl, 2015). However, this new book also highlights 68 exceptional images from Eggleston’s epic project. So, his photography is “democratic” in its resistance to hierarchy. Where, as noted by the artist, “no particular subject is more or less important than another.” Featuring original scholarship by renowned art historian Alexander Nemerov, The Democratic Forest. Selected Works provides historical context for a monumental body of work, while offering newcomers a foothold in Eggleston’s photographic practice.
“Eggleston’s hard architecture of splendid colors, flattened and floating in the sky, vividly shows – and also appreciates – the American hubris of eternal disposability. He notes how the tastes of the moment (the golden arches, the shimmering soda bottles, the red Pegasus) then cast themselves in immortal terms.” Alexander Nemerov
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