Over the course of nearly six decades, William Egglestonoften referred to as the father of color photographyhas established a singular pictorial style that deftly combines vernacular subject matter with an innate and sophisticated understanding of color, form, and composition.
Eggleston has said, I am at war with the obvious. His photographs transform the ordinary into distinctive, poetic images that eschew fixed meaning. Though criticized at the time, his now legendary 1976 solo exhibition, organized by the visionary curator John Szarkowski at The Museum of Modern Art, New Yorkthe first presentation of color photography at the museumheralded an important moment in the mediums acceptance within the art-historical canon and solidified Egglestons position in the pantheon of the greats alongside Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Walker Evans.
Published on the occasion of David Zwirners New York exhibition of selections from The Democratic Forest in the fall of 2016, this new catalogue highlights over sixty exceptional images from Egglestons epic project. His photography is democratic in its resistance to hierarchy where, as noted by the artist, no particular subject is more or less important than another.
Featuring original scholarship by Alexander Nemerov, this notable presentation of The Democratic Forest provides historical context for a monumental body of work, while offering newcomers a foothold in Egglestons photographic practice.