William Eggleston

Excellent documentary about US photographer William Eggleston on BBC1’s Imagine, last night (14 July). When he first started taking photographs he was discouraged by his surroundings which he described to a friend as ‘shit’. ‘Then take photographs of the shit,’ his friend responded …

I like that – location isn’t important, beauty isn’t important – it’s what you observe, what you hear, it’s in the details you include – and in what you leave out, it’s there in the banal and the everyday. Whether you’re writing or taking photographs, the art is in being able to see through the shit, and shape what you see into something new and meaningful.