Colour Photographs Ancient and Modern
The first exhibition to span the breadth of the career of one of America’s leading colour photographers, William Eggleston.
The exhibition showed William Eggleston’s portfolio, Graceland, which documents Elvis Presley’s Memphis mansion, presenting the exaggerated décor of the King’s tomb in a series of colour photographs of vibrant intensity.
Industrial studies and lyrical images of flowers and vegetation are also included from Eggleston’s travels through Kenya, Egypt and the Transvaal. The exhibition concluded with the powerful series Kiss Me Kracow, showing images of Vienna, Salzburg and Berlin prior to the destruction of the Wall, and Eggleston’s most recent series, taken in this country, in which he explores the centres of English tradition from Cambridge to the City of London.
The exhibition was selected by Mark Holborn and organised by Barbican Art Gallery.