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  • Hello, I'm William Eggleston.

  • ALMEREYDA: I just happened

  • to flip to this at the very beginning.

  • It's a very dramatic picture;

  • it's got a certain amount of fame to it.

  • It's from The Guide.

  • Can you talk about

  • what the circumstances were

  • when you took this?

  • EGGLESTON: Well, this man is dead.

  • He was murdered.

  • He was my great, close friend

  • and not a typical type.

  • For instance, I don't know why,

  • but this was his bedroom,

  • which he painted obviously with red paint

  • and no other color but the black spray.

  • And I would visit him frequently.

  • I suppose it's probably late at night,

  • probably sleepy, about to be bedtime.

  • We were talking

  • obviously about something;

  • he's scratching his head.

  • Very smart and always listened

  • to anything he had to say.

  • So, I miss him very much.

  • ALMEREYDA: What was his name?

  • EGGLESTON: Tom Boring.

  • He was a dentist.

  • ALMEREYDA: Maybe we can do

  • a big flashback and go to some of this

  • black-and-white work,

  • which is so different and distinctive.

  • What year is this?

  • How old were you when you took this?

  • EGGLESTON: This is '61, which means

  • when I was about college age.

  • It should say, "Parchman Prison,"

  • but it says instead,

  • "Parchman Plantation," which it was,

  • where they used prison labor

  • to farm-- cotton, actually.

  • And that land, my family land,

  • had a common border, no fence.

  • Just one row of cotton stopped

  • and another began.

  • Might say done, worked

  • by slave labor.

  • Mostly black.

  • That's in another county,

  • where I just was driving by.

  • This was in front of the commissary,

  • where they would gather for lunch break.

  • And this was either one of only

  • about two frames, probably.

  • ALMEREYDA: What's going on here?

  • EGGLESTON: That is just an ordinary,

  • small market.

  • The kind of place that evolved

  • into what's now called a 7-Eleven.

  • But this was just

  • a very modest grocery store.

  • And I don't know why I was in there.

  • Happened to be.

  • ALMEREYDA: Maybe you can talk

  • for a minute about the decision

  • to switch into color.

  • How did that hit you?

  • .

  • EGGLESTON: It never was

  • a conscious thing.

  • I had wanted to see a lot of things

  • in color because the world is in color.

  • I was affected by it all the time,

  • particularly certain times of the day

  • when the sun made things

  • really starkly stand out.

  • The one of the boy

  • with the grocery cart,

  • I point it out simply because

  • that was my first successful negative.

  • Tallahatchie is a county

  • in which the small town, Sumner, is.

  • And that was my uncle,

  • the man who married my mother's sister.

  • And the black man was one

  • of the servants that sort of raised me.

  • And they are both gone

  • from the Earth now,

  • but I was quite close to each one.

  • ALMEREYDA: I think this picture's

  • been written about a bit,

  • about the way they echo each other.

  • Can you talk about that a minute?

  • EGGLESTON: Well, someone

  • pointed out that when two people

  • live in the same house together

  • for a certain long period of time,

  • enough years, they start to,

  • not consciously,

  • but almost imitate each other.

  • Like in the way they're standing.

  • ALMEREYDA: Well, this picture

  • is so famous; you might as well

  • say something about it.

  • EGGLESTON: I was searching

  • around a pretty barren,

  • suburban neighborhood in Memphis

  • for no particular reason,

  • in a place I'm not familiar with.

  • And this is a row of typical houses.

  • And this was just sitting in the street

  • near the curb.

  • And I was sitting on the curb,

  • looking at it.

  • I was just a few feet away,

  • ten maybe at the most.

  • And rested the camera on the curb,

  • I think using something like my wallet

  • to cushion it.

  • ALMEREYDA: Do you remember

  • why you chose such a low angle?

  • EGGLESTON: Because I think

  • I had sense enough to know

  • that it was not so interesting

  • to stand at normal standing height

  • and look down at this thing.

  • So I got down level with it.

  • . �

Hello, I'm William Eggleston.

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William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008

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