b. 1939 Memphis
William Eggleston is regarded as one of America’s most significant living photographers. After a somewhat isolated early career, Eggleston’s breakthrough came in the early 1970s when he began using the commercial dye-transfer process, giving his images a particular richness and saturation then unfamiliar to the museum world. His work using this technique was immediately championed by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which gave him his first solo exhibition in 1976. Many exhibitions and photographic commissions followed, one of which was the 1984 project to photograph Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion. Eggleston has variously taught at Harvard, made a foray into video-making (the 1974 experimental documentary Stranded in Canton) and carried out commercial work for clients such as Coca Cola and Paramount Studios. He continues to show in major museum spaces, festivals and with commercial galleries internationally.