Text by Alexander Nemerov

Over the course of nearly six decades, William Eggleston—often referred to as the “father of color photography”—has 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 York—the first presentation of color photography at the museum—heralded an important moment in the medium's acceptance within the art-historical canon and solidified Eggleston's position in the pantheon of the greats alongside Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Walker Evans.

Published on the occasion of David Zwirner's New York exhibition of selections from The Democratic Forest in the fall of 2016, this new catalogue highlights over sixty exceptional images from Eggleston's 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 Eggleston's photographic practice.


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The New York Times, by Vicki Goldberg
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Artnet, by Amah-Rose Abrams
November 24, 2016


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Art Observed, by D. Creahan
November 23, 2016


Eggleston’s Empty America

New York Review of Books
November 13, 2016


William Eggleston

Artforum, by Prudence Peiffer


An Afternoon with William Eggleston, Living Icon

W Magazine, by Alexandra Pechman
October 26, 2016


Nowhere Man: William Eggleston's sprawling project documents his search for ordinary ephiphanies

Bookforum, by Prudence Peiffer
February/March 2016

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