William Eggleston, the 1960s colour photography pioneer, is celebrated for his images of American suburban life. More than 100 of those images are on display in William Eggleston Portraits. The show from London's National Portrait Gallery is part of the NGV Festival of Photography, its largest-ever contemporary photography exhibition.
Sofia Coppola (who wrote a piece for the show’s catalogue), David Lynch, and the Coen brothers, have all been influenced by Eggleston’s photography and his wry observations of America.
Recently unearthed portraits feature The Clash’s Joe Strummer, as well as never-before-seen black-and-white photos from the 1960s that Eggleston took around his Tennessee home.
William Eggleston Portraits is on at NGV International from March 17 to June 18 as part of the NGV Festival of Photography, and is open from 10am-5pm daily.