Whitney Museum Honors Photographer in Color

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In the mid-60s, American photographer Bill Eggleston introduced color photography to the art world. Up until that point, ad agencies used color photography, but art photography stuck to black and white.

Starting Friday, the Whitney Museum will present a career retrospective of Eggleston’s photographs. Co-curator Elisabeth Sussman says his vision and techniques took hold after an important MoMa exhibition in 1976.

SUSSMAN: There was no question that even though some of the critics didn’t get it, and said so very loudly, that most everybody else who saw that show was hugely impacted by it.

REPORTER: Sussman says Eggleston’s use of a dye transfer process allowed him to control his use of color, making it brighter or more saturated. She says his techniques and vision influenced the generation of photographers that followed.

You can see a slide show of Eggleston's photos on our website.