Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/18

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Subject: [Leica] Eggleston links
From: philippe.orlent at (Philippe Orlent)
Date: Sat Sep 18 03:09:06 2004

that is one incredibly beautiful dog portrait you have hidden there!

> From: Phil Swango <>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <>
> Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 17:49:18 -0600
> To:
> Subject: [Leica] Eggleston links
> Phong and Philippe.  Thanks loads for the Eggleston links.  I really
> enjoyed them.  When I lived in Memphis in the late 60s Bill and I were
> friends and I spent a lot of time at his house looking at pictures and
> talking photography and music with him.  He definitely changed my ideas
> about photography.  I also attended the 1976 MoMA show mentioned in the
> Slate link and still have my original copy of the "Guide," along with an
> invitation to the opening signed by Bill's wife Rosa.  A "Guide" recently
> sold for $750 in a Santa Fe auction.
> I have a few pictures of Bill from the Memphis years, and a portrait he
> took of me hangs on my wall.  One of my portraits of him was selected for a
> show in New Orleans last year at the John Stinson gallery.  The show
> featured pictures of Bill by a host of other photographers who have known
> him, some well-known.  Mine was the oldest in the show, dating from
> 1968.  I posted a couple of my Eggleston pictures to the Rollei gallery
> last 
> year: 
> <>http://www.rollei-gall
> At the opening of the N.O. show I got to meet his son Winston, who wasn't
> even born when I knew his dad.  We had a great time swapping Memphis 
> stories.
> Relating to the issue discussed in one of the links that Bill was a pure
> Leica shooter, I can add some info.  He loved Leicas but used mostly Canon
> screwmount bodies when I knew him.  He also used a Rolleiflex, Mamiya
> Universal Press 6/9cm, and a 5x7 view camera.  Later a Pentax, Stylus and
> Contax (I'm not sure which models).  Recently a Fuji 6x9, according to
> Winston.  I would generalize by saying he preferred the 2:3 image ratio
> and  a normal lens.
> I love his work but don't like to get drawn into discussions of its
> merit.  He's had a solo show at the MoMA and received the 1998 Hasselblad
> Award, which puts him the company of artists like Robert Frank, Richard
> Avedon, and HCB.  That's good enough for me.
> I know his work is hated by some and I hope not to start a flame war
> here.  If one starts I won't participate in it. ;-)
> Phil Swango
> 307 Aliso Dr. SE
> Albuquerque, NM  87108
> 505-262-4085
> 714-908-7846 (fax)
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