I was incredibly lucky to catch photographer William Eggleston's fantastic exhibition of portraits at London's National Portrait Gallery (21/07 – 23/10/2016) on the very last day.
Eggleston (born 1939) is known for being one of the pioneers of the use of colour film (as opposed to black and white) in fine art photography, but what really impressed me was his sense of composition. Eggleston considered his settings and his backgrounds as much as he did his subjects so every guiding line, every perspective, every telling detail and every nuance of light contributes to the whole. This was a lesson in photography and I was so enthused I bought the exhibition catalogue which I don't often do.
Eggleston was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Mississippi and most of the material in the exhibition was shot in the Southeastern US in the 1960s and 70s. Many of Eggleston's subjects were friends, family, local people, or other members of the art world who happened to be in the area. Eggleston's sensitivity for the apparently humdrum details of ordinary life comes across very strongly in this material.
The exhibition was organised by the NPG so I don't think it will travel to other institutions but the catalogue is available at the museum shop and online.