Oh man! I want to get to London! The Victoria Miro gallery are showing Eggleston until Feb 27th. Do I have time? Do I have funds? Noooo!
I found this out while reading photographer Chris Floyd’s new blog. I’ve liked Floyd’s photography for a while, and quite recently he started blogging. And happily, he writes well – interesting, funny stories accompanied by great photographs. Check it out here.
This is what Chris had to say about discovering Eggleston –
Back in 1999, when I had never heard of William Eggleston, my book was called in for a job by a long gone band from the Britpop era called Gene. I dutifully sent my finest collection of band and music portraits in a 12”x16” book. A few days later I got a message back that the book was fine – yeah yeah yeah – but haven’t you got anything else? Anything different? More personal?
I did but it had never really occurred to me to send it out for a professional commission, the reason being precisely because it was personal. But, I did have it and it was a little 8”x10” book of photographic doodles. It was representative of the way my eyes framed the world when I wasn’t thinking about it. It was unselfconscious. I dropped it off at the band’s management office in Fulham, London.
A day later I was asked to come in and meet the band’s singer Martin Rossiter. He had been looking at my little 8×10 book and come to the conclusion that I was massively influenced by someone whose work he greatly admired – William Eggleston.
I had never heard of him. Martin didn’t believe me and it took some reassuring to convince him. But when I did he loved it even more – it was unselfconscious – and he then offered me one of the greatest commissions a photographer could ever ask for. The band were going to Los Angeles to play some shows and record and release a live album. My job was to go there with them and spend 7 days just roaming around LA shooting pictures of anything I felt like, to be used as the album’s artwork.