Zurich: Scalo Publishers, 1999. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing of this catalog of an exhibition at the Goteborg Museum of Art, in Sweden, in 1999, commemorating presentation of the 1998 Hasselblad Award to Eggleston. With a foreword by Gunilla Knape, a conversation with Eggleston by Ute Eskildsen, and essays by Thomas Weski and Walter Hopps. Square demy 8vo (232 x 232mm): pp, with 52 full-page, 8 half-page, and 112 thumbnail photographs, including many of Eggleston's iconic images. Publisher's black leatherette, black end papers, spine and covers lettered in gold, with photograph mounted on each cover: "Memphis, 1974" (front) and "New York, mid-80s" (back). Signed beneath the frontispiece self-portrait (captioned "I am at war with the obvious"). Issued without dust jacket. About Fine, upper right front corner and adjacent edge bumped, but tightly bound and bright, clean, and unmarked throughout. Fine-. Item #BB2239
Knape's forward neatly sums up Eggleston's pioneering contribution: "His personal approach to the everyday and the banal, combined with his break from formal photographic conventions, resulted in the deceptively 'accidental' quality of his picture making. Eggleston introduced a new aesthetic, a new 'democratic' way of seeing through which the ordinary and banal became extraordinary and engrossing. Like Robert Frank in the Fifties, William Eggleston radically re-invented the photography of the real world." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).