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By Ashley Goldsmith

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Have you ever been on the subway and taken a mental photograph of a truly Kodak moment? Maybe you’re on a park bench observing the natural rhythm of life around you and wished you had a camera? Influential photographer William Eggleston has taken the idea one step further. With an eye for the beauty in everyday life he has been traveling around the world since the 1960’s capturing these moments.

In his first American retrospective, the Whitney Museum of American Art will be exhibiting the work of Eggleston, often referred to as the father of color photography. The exhibit will include over 40 years of black and white and color photographs, newly restored prints and video. Defining the democratic camera as uncensored, rarely edited photography, influencing all aspects of visual culture; Eggleston photographs unconventional sights with the belief that everything in front of a camera is worthy of a picture. He admits concisely, “I am at war with the obvious.”

With an opening night audience of admirers including Cynthia Rowley, Eggleston’s work is sure to captivate you as it has Sofia Coppola and David Lynch, to name a few.

What: William Eggleston: Democratic Camera – Photographs and Video, 1961-2008
When: Now through January 25th, 2009
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue (75th Street)
General Admission: Adults $15, Students (with photo ID) $10

Originally published November 2008

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