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

 A picture is what it is and I’ve never noticed that it helps to talk about them, or answer specific questions about them, much less volunteer information in words. It wouldn’t make any sense to explain them. Kind of diminishes them. People always want to know when something was taken, where it was taken, and, God knows, why it was taken. It gets really ridiculous. I mean, they’re right there, whatever they are. 
 I’ve always assumed that the abstract qualities of [my] photographs are obvious. For instance, I can turn them upside down and they’re still interesting to me as pictures. If you turn a picture that’s not well organized upside down, it won’t work. 
 Well, I mean, who the hell hasn’t been arrested a few times? I don’t know why everyone wants to make such a big deal out of that. 
 I don’t think about what camera I should use that much. I just pick up the one that looks nicest on the day. 
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