William Eggleston in the Real World

William Eggleston in the Real World

Michael Almereyda / 2005 / 87 minutes / USA

From director Michael Almereyda (​​Escapes, Marjorie Prime) comes a direct, subtle portrait of genius​. ​Tracing connections between the groundbreaking images of William Eggleston — widely considered ​the father of ​modern color photography​ — and the artist’s private life, the film opens viewers to intimate glimpses of Eggleston at work, on the road, and on his home turf of Memphis, Tennessee, tracking his interest in music, drawing, and video as well as photography.​ William Eggleston in the Real World is proudly presented in a new edition, restoring Almereyda’s brilliant consideration of a singular mind.​ (Cover photo courtesy Winston Eggleston.)


• William Eggleston with William Christenberry and Walter Hopps (2004, 24 minutes)

• William Eggleston with Stephen Shore and Glenn O’Brien (2005, 7 minutes)

• BBC Interview with William Eggleston (2005, 2 minutes)

• Mark Holborn on William Eggleston’s The Democratic Forest (2016, 19 minutes)

• Theatrical Trailer

• Booklet featuring a new essay by Gideon Jacobs


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  • William Eggleston has been restored and re-released on home media. A fascinating exploration... At times it seems as though Almereyda has immersed the viewer in an Eggleston image.”

    — Tobias Carroll, Hyperallergic
  • "Remarkable. An uncannily revealing portrait of a major American artist at work."

    — Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
  • "Fascinating. Speaks for itself, in roughly the same mysterious way an Eggleston photograph does: it casts more light than you expect, and deeper shadows."

    — Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times
  • "A subtle, elegant documentary."

    — Ed Halter, The Village Voice
  • "Brilliant! A remarkably intimate but also discreet portrait."


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