The Democratic Forest
The Democratic Forest by William Eggleston. First Steidl edition (2015). Large format slipcased set of 10 hardbacks in new condition. Still shrink wrapped. No markings. This is a brand new set.
About The Democratic ForestThe Democratic Forest is Eggleston's most ambitious project. It gathers more than a thousand photographs in a ten-volume set. Its title refers to the democracy of vision. A paradigm in the photographer's work since he uses this 'democratic vision' to depict mundane subjects and contexts with the complexity and relevance of the elevated and artistic. This set is structured in a sort of autobiographic sequence of work, starting with pictures from Eggleston's hometown and spreading across the US. The final volume goes back to the South, to its cotton fields (like the one he was born in) creating a full circle. This set is a homage to Eggleston's life and work and visits the deeply personal but also the everyday, the banal, the normal that the artist has devoted his life to turn into something beautiful and sublime.