William Eggleston to receive Outstanding Contribution to Photography award

“Recognised today as the pioneer of colour photography and the personal documentary style, William Eggleston has been producing cutting-edge work for over 50 years,” say the organisers of the Sony World Photography Awards, which has selected the US photographer at this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award.

“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.”

William Eggleston will receive the award on 25 April at the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony, and a selection of Eggleston’s prints loaned by The Wilson Centre for Photography will be on display at Somerset House from 26 April to 12 May.

BJP‘s May edition will feature a wide-ranging interview with Eggleston, conducted by Polka‘s Laurence Butet-Roch, and already available in BJP‘s latest iPad issue.

For more details about the award, visit www.worldphoto.org. And to download BJP‘s iPad app, visit the iTunes store.

William Eggleston - Beehive

Untitled. 1695-1968 fr. Los Alamos, Beehive. Image © William Eggleston, Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

William Eggleston - Green Dress

Untitled, 1970. Image © William Eggleston, Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

William Eggleston - Los Alamos

Untitled, 1971-1974. Image © William Eggleston, Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

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