You can always tell a William Eggleston photograph.
It's the one in color that hits you in the face and leaves you confused
and happy, and perhaps convinces you that you don't understand
photography nearly as well as you thought you did.
To view "William Eggleston: Democratic Camera,
Photographs and Video, 1961-2008," at the Whitney, is to be pummelled by
eccentric beauty, and to wonder about it. A pertinaciously slumming
aristocrat from Memphis, Tennessee, and points south, Eggleston, now
sixty-nine years old, is one of the great Romantic originals of
See the complete text of Peter Schjeldahl's review in The New Yorker