William Eggleston assumes a neutral gaze while photographing commonplace subjects: a farmer's muddy truck, a red ceiling in a friend's house, the contents of his own refrigerator, a tricycle. In his work, Eggleston shoots pictures "democratically"--literally photographing the world around him. His images monumentalize everyday subjects -- everything is equally important; every detail deserves attention.
In 1976 with the support of John Szarkowski, the influential photography historian, critic, and curator, Eggleston mounted "Color Photographs" a now famous exhibition of his work at the Museum of Modern Art. William Eggleston's Guide, in which Szarkowski wrote that Eggleston's photographs are "perfect," accompanied this groundbreaking one-person show that established his reputation as a pioneer of color photography. These images helped establish Eggleston as one of the first non-commercial photographers working in color. He inspired a new generation of photographers, filmmakers and photography collectors.