William Eggleston to be honoured at 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

william_eggleston_untitled_fieldRenowned American photographer William Eggleston is announced today as the recipient of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography award. Eggleston will be honoured at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony in London on Thursday 25 April. 

by Marian Craciun

A special display of his work will be shown at Somerset House as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition and rarely seen images will be published in the 2013 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards winners’ book.

Recognised today as the pioneer of colour photography and the personal documentary style, William Eggleston has been producing cutting-edge work for over fifty years.  Since first picking up a camera in 1957, Eggleston’s work is said to find ‘beauty in the everyday’.  His images capture the ordinary world around him, creating interest through sharp observation, dynamic composition and great wit.

His ground-breaking 1976 show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York moved colour photography from the field of advertising to being recognised as an artform unto itself. His influence on contemporary photography and photographers is far-reaching and has inspired the likes of Martin Parr, Sofia Coppola, Andreas Gurksy and Juergen Teller.

Talking about the award Eggleston comments: “The world is in color. To paraphrase my friend John Szarkowski, my attempt has been to see simultaneously, both the blue and the sky as one thing.”

Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation comments: “William Eggleston is a without a doubt, one of the great pioneers of our time.  His influence on colour photography and subsequently on many of todays most revered working photographers, is one to be admired, respected and awarded.  We are honoured to have the opportunity to present the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award to William this year.”

Williams Eggleston will receive the award on Thursday 25 April at the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony.  On the same night, the winners of the awards’ professional categories and the overall L’Iris d’Or / Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year will be announced.

A selection of Eggleston’s prints loaned by The Wilson Centre for Photography will be on display at Somerset House as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition from 26 April – 12 May.

The exhibition images were taken by Eggleston between 1965 and 1980.  The majority of the prints are from his iconic Los Alamos and Dust Bells series and the 10.D.70.V1 portfolio.  The exhibition opens the same week as a display of Eggleston’s dye transfers at the Tate Modern.

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