William Eggleston
[Photographer, b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, lives in Memphis.]

 I don’t have favorites. I look at pictures democratically. To me they are all equal. 
 I want to make a picture that could stand on its own, regardless of what it was a picture of. I’ve never been a bit interested in the fact that this was a picture of a blues musician or a street corner or something. 
 There is no particular reason to search for meaning. 
 I never know beforehand. Until I see it. It just happens all at once. I take a picture very quickly and instantly forget about it. 
 I don’t look at other photographs much at all. I don’t know why. I study my own a lot. 
 The way I have always looked at it is the world is in color. And there’s nothing we can do about that. 
 I never think of [a photograph] beforehand. When I get there, something happens and in a split second the pictures emerges. 
 I don’t really look at other people’s photographs at all. It takes enough time to look at my own. 
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