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October 6, 2016

William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest

William Eggleston
The Democratic Forest
Published by Steidl 2015


William Eggleston
William Eggleston
The Democratic Forest
Published by Steidl 2015
Edited by Mark Holborn and William Eggleston III
Texts by Mark Holborn and Eudora Welty
Book design by Gerhard Steidl and Duncan Whyte

Following the publication of Chromes in 2011 and Los Alamos Revisited in 2012, the reassessment of William Eggleston’s career continues with the publication of The Democratic Forest, his most ambitious project. This ten-volume set containing more than a thousand photographs is drawn from a body of twelve thousand pictures made by Eggleston in the 1980s. Following an opening volume of work in Louisiana, which serves as a visual preface, the remaining books cover Eggleston’s travels from his familiar ground in Memphis and Tennessee to Dallas, Pittsburgh, Miami, Boston, the pastures of Kentucky, and as far as the Berlin Wall. The final volume leads the viewer back to the South of small towns, cotton fields, the Civil War battlefield of Shiloh and the home of Andrew Jackson, the President from Tennessee.


William Eggleston
William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest
Volume 1 - The Louisiana Project
(c) 2015 William Eggleston for the images
Book published by Steidl 2015


William Eggleston
William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest
Volume 1 - The Louisiana Project
(c) 2015 William Eggleston for the images
Book published by Steidl 2015

The democracy of Eggleston’s title refers to his democracy of vision, through which he represents the most mundane subjects with the same complexity and significance as the most elevated. The exhaustive editing process of The Democratic Forest—a rarely shown body of work of which only a fraction has been published to date—has taken over three years, and was guided by the belief that only on this large scale can the magnitude of Eggleston’s achievement be represented. With no precedent in American art, Eggleston’s photography seen as a whole has all the grandeur of an epic piece of fiction. The Democratic Forest includes a new introduction by Mark Holborn and the re-publication of Eudora Welty’s original essay on the work.


William Eggleston
William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest
Volume 1 - The Louisiana Project
(c) 2015 William Eggleston for the images
Book published by Steidl 2015


William Eggleston
William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest
Volume 1 - The Louisiana Project
(c) 2015 William Eggleston for the images
Book published by Steidl 2015


William Eggleston
William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest
Volume 1 - The Louisiana Project
(c) 2015 William Eggleston for the images
Book published by Steidl 2015

Ten clothbound hardcovers in a box:

Vol. 1 The Louisiana Project, 96 pages, 70 color photographs
Vol. 2 The Language, 136 pages, 109 color photographs
Vol. 3 Dallas. Oil. Miami, 112 pages, 86 color photographs
Vol. 4 Pittsburgh, 144 pages, 115 color photographs
Vol. 5 Berlin, 128 pages, 96 color photographs
Vol. 6 The Pastoral, 112 pages, 81 color photographs
Vol. 7 The Interior, 112 pages, 87 color photographs
Vol. 8 The Surface, 168 pages, 129 color photographs
Vol. 9 The Forest, 152 pages, 113 color photographs
Vol. 10 The Finale, 168 pages, 124 color photographs
31.5 × 32 cm - Four-color process
€ 550.00 - ISBN 978-3-86930-792-3

Biography
WILLIAM EGGLESTON was born in 1939 and today lives in Memphis. William Eggleston is regarded as one of the greatest photographers of his generation and a major American artist, who has fundamentally changed the way the urban landscape is viewed. He obtained his first camera in 1957 and was later profoundly influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s book The Decisive Moment. William Eggleston introduced dye-transfer printing, a previously commercial photographic process, into the making of artists’ prints. His exhibition “William Eggleston’s Guide” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1976 was a milestone. He was also involved in the development of video technology in the seventies. William Eggleston’s work is represented in museums across the world, and in 2008 a retrospective of his work was held at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and at Haus der Kunst in Munich in 2009.

THE DEMOCRATIC FOREST by WILLIAM EGGLESTON is published by Steidl : www.steidl.de

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