William Eggleston The Black and White Pi
William Eggleston is almost synonymous with color photography. Or that's what you thought. But the man responsible for establishing color photography in the art world - with his 1976 MoMA show "William Eggleston's Guide" - started out as a black-and-white photographer in the early 1960s, after discovering the work of Walker Evans and Henri Cartier-Bresson. "The Black and White Pictures" presents Eggleston's never-before published black-and-white work, a road map for his later hyper-saturated color work. Eggleston's passion for everyday life, the uncanny beauty of the mundane, is already evident in his black-and-white photographs. Whether it's a stack of metal chairs, a man at a pay phone, a child perched on a tree, a teenager on a street corner - Eggleston captures them with an offhanded elegance and casually endows the seemingly most insignificant glimpses with substance and urgency.