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WILLIAM EGGLESTON
I am at war with the obvious. - William Eggleston

I have always assumed that the abstract qualities of the photographs were very 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. - William Eggleston - From the book Aperture Conversations.

A picture is what it is and I’ve never noticed that it helps to talk about them, or answer specific questions about them, much less volunteer information in words. It wouldn’t make any sense to explain them. Kind of diminishes them. People always want to know when something was taken, where it was taken, and, God knows, why it was taken. It gets really ridiculous. I mean, they’re right there, whatever they are. - William Eggleston

Words and pictures don’t— They’re like two different animals. They don’t particularly like each other. - William Eggleston

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. - William Eggleston

The way I have always looked at it is the world is in color. And there’s nothing we can do about that. - William Eggleston

The only pictures I like are the ones I’ve taken. - William Eggleston

I don’t really look at other people’s photographs at all. It takes enough time to look at my own. - William Eggleston

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. - William Eggleston

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