March 1st, 2010 by Glendyn
Every time I see a photograph by William Eggleston I have to stop and look at it. I have spent hours pouring over every page of his books. He is one of those photographers that help you see the world differently. He trains your eye, your perception and keeps you on guard for the unexpected.
Spare but richly hued Egglestons’ work is most well known for his colour photography some even calling him the ‘grandfather of colour photography’.
However, I only recently came across a feature length documentary he made in 1973. It was shot on one of the first ‘portable’ Sony video cameras. It’s one of the most cinematically pure observational documentaries I think I’ve ever seen. And it’s in Black and White!
It’s long (click here to watch it bigger) but well worth it. If you are not sure, just watch the first few minutes… pure poetry!