photos by william eggleston (1939- )
"In his own country, we have always valued William Eggleston’s work for its clarity, veracity, strength of intention. Perhaps we couldn’t have known until we’d met it in this book, seen it at work, the strength of imagination that conceived it, shaped it, and consistently informed it all.
Actually, what we have here is a set of visions. Like a magician, William Eggleston has raised them out of light colour, smoke and an absence of people.
Visions or not, he remains a photographer who never trifles with actuality: he works with actuality, and within it—the self-evident and persisting world confronted by us all.”
- from eudora welty’s introduction to “the democratic forest”