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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 11. William Eggleston (1939– )

Eggleston spent most of his childhood in Mississippi. As a teenager, he attended boarding school, a place where he really never connected because his interest in art was not considered masculine among his peers at the school. Most of his college days were spent at Ole Miss (University of Mississippi), where he discovered his interest in photography. He spent five years there but never received a degree.

Eggleston’s achievements began when he experimented with color photography in the mid-’60s. In 1969, he showed his color snapshots, which he brought in a suitcase, to John Szarkowski of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). The museum ended up buying one of his prints.

While teaching at Harvard in the mid-’70s, ...

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