Untitled (Near Glendora, Mississippi), c. 1970
archival pigment print, flush mounted on board, printed 2012
signed, titled, dated [with print date] and numbered '1/2' on affixed Eggleston Artistic Trust label (verso)
image: 3112 x 48 in. (80 x 121.9 cm.)
sheet/flush mount: 4314 x 5812 in. (109.8 x 148.5 cm.)
This work is number one from an edition of two.
Photographic Masterworks by William Eggleston, Christie's, New York, March 12, 2012, lot 18;
acquired from the above by the present owner.
John Szarkowski, William Eggleston's Guide, The Museum of Modern Art, 1976, p. 55.
William Eggleston, Ancient and Modern, Random House, New York, 1992, p. 53.
William Eggleston, The Hasselblad Award 1998: William Eggleston, Hasselblad Center, 1999, n.p.
William Eggleston, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain/Thames & Hudson, 2002, pl. 119.
William Eggleston, William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, 2008, pl. 12, p. 51.
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Lot Essay

A true master of color and finding beauty in the mundane, Untitled (Near Glendora, Mississippi), is a perfect example of William Eggleston’s craft. The image presents a seemingly ordinary scene, without drama or narrative, inviting viewers to engage in a thoughtful reflection on the simplicity of the moment. Each color holds its own weight, harmoniously interacting with the other elements to create a cohesive visual narrative.

The main focal point of the photograph features a black woman adorned in a lime green dress gracefully strolling down a rural highway. The backdrop is the Mississippi Delta, where Eggleston evokes a sense of continuity with the past. Despite the passage of time, the enduring challenges faced by the residents of this region are palpable. It is a place where hardship lingers, echoes of civil rights struggles remain, and the future appears uncertain.

This photograph appears in William Eggleston’s Guide, the groundbreaking photography book that revolutionized the way color photography was perceived in the art world. Published in 1976 in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, mounted at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the book features Eggleston's photographs of the American South that were shot using color film, a medium that was not widely accepted in the art world at the time. The exhibition was the first solo show of color photography ever presented by the Museum.

The Limited-Edition Archival Pigment Print offered here was made using pigment-based inks that are created to resist fading over time. This oversized photograph is one from an edition of two and represents a piece of history that captures the essence of Eggleston’s work in pioneering color photography.

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