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PRINT October 2001

PORTFOLIO: WILLIAM EGGLESTON

Things don’t matter,” William Eggleston told me, years ago, when I made of asking him what he liked to photograph. “I don’t take pictures of things.” When I was a kid in Mississippi, I heard a story of Eggleston being hired to take pictures of a Delta wedding and lying on the grass the whole time taking pictures of the sky. Ever since, I’ve been a devoted follower of his heroic War with the Obvious, on whatever grounds he chooses to stand and fight it: in the beautiful places of the world, in the highways and garbage dumps of Mississippi.

The new photographs presented here are highly developed dramas that—miraculously—exist free of narrative. An educated eye will see an awareness of art history, which is pervasive without being directly allusive, but on an immediate level the visual pleasure offered is particularly biting and seductive, as bright as Snow White’s candy apple. No

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