Shot in 1974 with a Sony Porta-pak, the crazily careering ''Stranded in Canton'' documents a cast of hard-drinking Southerners with the intimacy, ease and instability of a seasoned participant.
In one sequence, a man with peroxide hair, makeup and a sequined T-shirt sings old love songs, swanning around with a toilet-paper boa. In others shots are fired; good old boys decapitate chickens; and a young bearded man with an angelic face raves about being stranded in Canton, a colloquialism for being out of one's mind on drugs or alcohol. Whiffs of Southern Gothic are not new to Mr. Eggleston's work, but here they rise to the surface -- fierce, tragic and proud.
(New York Times)
The New Yorker, November 17, 2008
"You can always tell a William Eggleston photograph. It's the one in color that hits you in the face and leaves you confused and happy, and perhaps convinces you that you donít understand photography nearly as well as you thought you did."
WWD, November 10, 2008
"The scene turned meta before too long. The famous photographer guests started taking pictures of the hired photographers who were taking pictures of them."
New York magazine, November 10, 2008
"William Eggleston is even more colorful than his groundbreaking photographs."