The works in Eggleston’s 2 ¼ series are unique for their composition, which sits between portraits and landscapes as a result of using a two-and-one-quarter-inch medium-format camera. The exhibition, which marks the photographers first David Zwirner UK-based solo exhibition since joining the gallery in 2016, displays works taken in California and the Deep South of North America in all their ’70s saturation and gold-toned aesthetical perfection.
Eggleston’s work captures archetypical American scenes, from ’60s and ’70s Mustang’s and Cadillac’s dotted around a littered carpark in the golden hour to characters within local communities. It is his portrait-styled photographs that celebrate his talent best, spotlighting people in organic and honest scenarios, such as the well-dressed lady pictured against the contrasting backdrop of a deserted saloon bar.
You can see all of William Eggleston’s work in his 2 ¼ series at the David Zwirner gallery from April 12 – June 1, 2019.
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David Zwirner Gallery
24 Grafton Street