2 1/4 by William Eggleston. Eight edition. Medium format hardback in new condition. No markings. Published in 1999 by Twin Palms.
About 2 1/4
2 1/4 collects together a series of unusual square images by Eggleston which retain his classic interest in the everyday. From 1966 to 1971, he would occasionally use a two and one quarter inch format for photographs. So, these are collected and published here for the first time.
William Eggleston (b 1939) is an American photographer. Due to his attention to the banal, his colour photographs record everyday subject matter. So, each detail is important, potentially carrying beauty and mystery. As a result of his pioneering work, he became the main catalyst for New American Color Photography. Therefore, he is largely credited with validating colour photography as a fine art form. Born and raised in Mississippi and Tennessee, William Eggleston began taking pictures during the 1960s after seeing Henri Cartier-Bresson’s The Decisive Moment. In 1966 he changed from black and white to color film, perhaps to make the medium more his own and less that of his esteemed predecessor. John Sarkowski, when he was curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, called Eggleston the ‘first color photographer,’ and the world in which we consider a color photograph as art has changed because of him.