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Over the last three decades, American William Eggleston's photographs have generated a profound and sweeping influence. No other photographer has matched his bold and nuanced use of color, or his singular ability to locate emotional undercurrents within commonplace surface facts.
Filmmaker Michael Almereyda first met Eggleston at a Memphis wedding in the early '90's. He'd been enthralled by Eggleston's pictures, and wanted to pose a few fundamental questions: What does it mean to see the world differently? What alchemical process allows this particular artist to convert "common" reality into consistently surprising, unforgettable images? How does an essentially private vision get translated into pictures? Eggleston is notoriously close-mouthed about his work, and Almereyda spent months watching him at work, gradually getting closer to the mysterious, essentially celebratory nature of Eggleston's achievement.
Using minimal narration, the film provides a basic context for Eggleston's career, illustrated by generous displays of his photos as well as by family archives and other rare documentation.
- 1 DVD
- Behind the scenes footage and bonus material, theatrical trailer and weblinks
- 84 minutes