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#1. Unfortunately they're practically all dead. And many were my closest associates: friends, co-directors, whatever you want to say-my partners in crime. - Author: William Eggleston
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#2. I don't look at other photographs much at all. I don't know why. I study my own a lot. - Author: William Eggleston
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#3. I'm not particular. I don't have favourite pictures. - Author: William Eggleston
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#4. I don't have a burning desire to go out and document anything. It just happens when it happens. It's not a conscious effort, nor is it a struggle. Wouldn't do it if it was. The idea of the suffering artist has never appealed to me. Being here is suffering enough. - Author: William Eggleston
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#5. I don't think about what camera I should use that much. I just pick up the one that looks nicest on the day. - Author: William Eggleston
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#6. I have some that I have become a well-known-even infamous-client of, mostly in Memphis. But a great deal of that is legend and doesn't have anything to do with truth. - Author: William Eggleston
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#7. Something new always slowly changes right in front of your eyes - it just happens. - Author: William Eggleston
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#8. I've also never had favorite pictures. Or subjects. I have this discipline of treating everything equally-I used to say "democratically." - Author: William Eggleston
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#9. I don't think much about the digital world ... because I am in the analog world! - Author: William Eggleston
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#10. Often people ask what I'm photographing, which is a hard question to answer. And the best what I've come up with is I just say: Life today. - Author: William Eggleston
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#11. It was something new that was happening everywhere. You couldn't miss it. If you needed to go to the grocery you would go to the predecessors of the big supermarkets of today. - Author: William Eggleston
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#12. Black-and-white photography, which I was doing in the very early days, was essentially called art photography and usually consisted of landscapes by people like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. But photographs by people like Adams didn't interest me. - Author: William Eggleston
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#13. I want to make a picture that could stand on its own, regardless of what it was a picture of. I've never been a bit interested in the fact that this was a picture of a blues musician or a street corner or something. - Author: William Eggleston
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#14. Photography just gets us out of the house. - Author: William Eggleston
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#15. There is no particular reason to search for meaning. - Author: William Eggleston
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#16. Everything must work in concert. Composition is important, but so are many other things, from content to the way colours work with or against each other. - Author: William Eggleston
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#17. The immediate reviews were very hostile, but they didn't bother me-I had the attitude that I was right. The poor guys who were critics just didn't understand the works at all. I was sorry about that, but it didn't weigh on my mind a bit. - Author: William Eggleston
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#18. I like to photograph democratically. - Author: William Eggleston
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#19. There are a lot of unseen projects. When a project is finished, I often physically, and in my mind, set it aside, intending something to happen with it, something that does or does not always happen. Now, a lot of these are being resurrected for the public. - Author: William Eggleston
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#20. We have a few things in common - smoking, drinking, and women. Photography just gets us out of the house. (To photographer Juergen Teller) - Author: William Eggleston
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#21. I had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around, that nothing was more important or less important. - Author: William Eggleston
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#22. I am at war with the obvious. - Author: William Eggleston
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#23. Many people one meets in life somehow think they know you simply because they're hanging out at the same counter-but they really don't know a thing about you. - Author: William Eggleston
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#24. My friend who I went to boarding school with was interested in photography. He insisted that I buy a camera and marched me downtown. - Author: William Eggleston
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#25. There's plenty of film out there, and quadrillions of cameras that use film-I don't think it makes much sense not to use it. The thing that's going out is the manufacturing of the paper. Incidentally, all these years my wife has told me that I'm color-blind. - Author: William Eggleston
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#26. Well, probably the best way to put it might be that at some time, not just in an instant, but over some period of time I became aware of the fact that I wanted to document examples like Kroger or Piggly Wiggly in the late '50s, early '60s. - Author: William Eggleston
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#27. Whether a photo or music, or a drawing or anything else I might do - it's ultimately all an abstraction of my peculiar experience. - Author: William Eggleston
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#28. I don't like reading music. It's like learning a language. You can't read music proficiently overnight. It takes time, it's boring work. - Author: William Eggleston
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#29. I only ever take one picture of one thing. Literally. Never two. So then that picture is taken and then the next one is waiting somewhere else. - Author: William Eggleston
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#30. I've always assumed that the abstract qualities of [my] photographs are obvious. For instance, I can turn them upside down and they're still interesting to me as pictures. If you turn a picture that's not well organized upside down, it won't work. - Author: William Eggleston
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#31. You want to make the photograph work in every way possible. Doesn't matter where it is in the world. - Author: William Eggleston
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#32. You become technically proficient whether you want to or not, the more you take pictures. - Author: William Eggleston
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#33. I quite frequently don't look through the camera, which is very close to being blind. - Author: William Eggleston
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#34. Half voluntarily, half Winston's older brother [William] would take me in, saying, "Daddy, I think you oughta do this." And I'd say, "I think you're right, maybe I do need it." Sometimes a week later I'd leave the place; sometimes I'd stick it out for a month. - Author: William Eggleston
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#35. I like to think that my works flow like music. That may be one reason I work in large groups versus one picture of one thing; it's the flow of the whole series that counts. - Author: William Eggleston
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#36. I am afraid that there are more people than I can imagine who can go no further than appreciating a picture that is a rectangle with an object in the middle of it, which they can identify. - Author: William Eggleston
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#37. A lot of my friends were mostly working in black-and-white - people like Lee Friedlander, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, and others. We would exchange prints with each other, and they were always very supportive of what I was doing. - Author: William Eggleston
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#38. I don't think that has ever changed. I don't think I see any more or any less than I did years ago. Let's say I have the print of a photo taken in the 1960s and one I took a month ago. I think it's pretty difficult to tell any difference, personally. - Author: William Eggleston
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#39. You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too. - Author: William Eggleston
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#40. It quickly came to be that I grew interested in photographing whatever was there wherever I happened to be. For any reason. - Author: William Eggleston
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#41. A person can attack that bottle of vodka and drink it like it's a bottle of cold water. Two of my wife's girlfriends died from drinking. They weren't big pill-takers; they were drinkers. So it can't be so simple as to slide away, like Marilyn Monroe. - Author: William Eggleston
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#42. I would play music every day from the time I was about 4 or 5 years old. Every time I would go from one end of the house to the other, I would pass the piano and play a few notes. - Author: William Eggleston
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#43. Only the few times I've been to so-called treatment centers, which were a complete waste of money and useless. I didn't know what I was doing at the time, because I was always drunk when I checked in. - Author: William Eggleston
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#44. And what we called photojournalism, the photos seen in places like Life magazine, didn't interest me either. They were just not good-there was no art there. The first person who I respected immensely was Henri Cartier-Bresson. I still do. - Author: William Eggleston
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#45. I met and became close with John Szarkowski of the Museum of Modern Art. He was incredibly supportive about me working in color. - Author: William Eggleston
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#46. I work very quickly. I only ever take one picture of one thing. Literally. Never two. - Author: William Eggleston
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