• The American Landscape: Color  auction at Christies

    Sale 2205

    The American Landscape: Color Photographs from the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman

    7 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 25

    WILLIAM EGGLESTON (B. 1939)

    Untitled, c. 1973, from Dust Bells, Volume I

    Price Realised  

    WILLIAM EGGLESTON (B. 1939)
    Untitled, c. 1973, from Dust Bells, Volume I
    dye-transfer print, printed 2004
    signed in ink (in the margin); titled, numbered '2/15', dated in ink and Eggleston Artistic Trust copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp (on the verso)
    12 x 17¾in. (30.5 x 45.1cm.)


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    "If you take off the viewfinder of the camera, you end up looking more intensely as you walk around. When it is time to make the photograph it is all ready for you. If you have looked intently you know where to point the thing. This makes you much freer, so you can hold the camera up in the air as if you were ten feet tall. Unlike a rifle, where you carefully aim following a dot of a scope, with a shotgun it's done with feel. You don't look down the barrel and line things up. With a fluid movement your body follows a moving target and the gun keeps moving after the shot with what is known as 'follow through'. That becomes subconscious. Good shooting instructors will encourage you to follow through. It's the opposite of the rational method. When I got the prints from this method, they looked like shotgun pictures." -William Eggleston (Ancient and Modern, p. 82)