• Photographs auction at Christies

    Sale 2206


    8 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 799


    Greenwood, Mississippi, 1973

    Price Realised  


    Greenwood, Mississippi, 1973
    dye-transfer print
    signed and dated in pencil (on the verso)
    (30.8 x 46.8cm.)

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    'The Red Ceiling is so powerful that, in fact, I've never seen it reproduced on the page to my satisfaction. When you look at a dye-transfer print it's like it's red blood that is wet on the wall. The photograph was like a Bach exercise for me because I knew that red was the most difficult color to work with. A little red is usually enough, but to work with an entire red surface was a challenge. It was hard to do. I don't know of any totally red pictures, except in advertising. The photograph is still powerful. It shocks you every time.' - William Eggleston (Ancient and Modern, Random House, 1992, p. 28)


    William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961- 2008, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, 2008, frontispiece, pl. 77, p. 157