William Eggleston: ‘The music’s here then it’s gone – like a dream’ – The Guardian

Darkness is falling outside the window of William Eggleston’s fifth-floor apartment in midtown Memphis, and the silences that punctuate his conversation have grown even longer. After several hours in his company, I am preparing to take to take my leave, when suddenly he decides he is going to play the piano for me. I help him to his feet and he makes his way unsteadily to the magnificent Bösendorfer grand in the corner of his living room. Once seated, he stares for a few long moments at the keyboard, as if lost in thought.

“I play the piano maybe two or three times a day,” he told me earlier, “but only if she wants to be played. I speak to her and she talks back. Mostly, just to say: ‘What’s in there?’ She is almost always responsive.”

This long article gives a good overview of William Eggleston’s life, as a discussion of his first record, Musik, which was recently released on a small Canadian record label. It’s a disc of improvisations recorded on floppy discs on an old synthesizer; and it’s a bit weird. I’d be more interested to hear what he plays on the piano.

Eggleston is arguably the greatest American color photographer. I’ve written about his books in two reviews on this site: The Democratic Forest, and Los Alamos Revisited.

Source: William Eggleston: ‘The music’s here then it’s gone – like a dream’ | Art and design | The Guardian

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