Friday, April 16, 2010
My kind of town (Chicago is)
The reason for my trip to Chicago is summed up in the above photograph. I have been pining to see the William Eggleston exhibit -- Democrat Camera: Photographs and Video, 1961-2008 -- and was disappointed to have missed it last year when it was at the Corcoran in DC; I knew it was headed for the Art Institute of Chicago and vowed not to miss it again. Leslie wanted to see it too and so we set off on Monday, returning yesterday.
I am SO glad I went. To see William Eggleston's work up-close-and-personal was an amazing treat for me. I won't forget it. His photographs seem simple and mundane, but they draw you in, make you think. In my opinion, he's a photographic genius. Tim Connor, a photographer based in New York, has an excellent blog, Looking at Photography, and I urge you to read his take on this exhibition and Eggleston's work. It's well-written and thoughtful and echoes my own opinions and interpretations of Eggleston's photography.