William Eggleston's Stranded in Canton (1973/2005)
May 28, 2015
Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London)
mig #2: William Eggleston's Stranded in Canton (1973/2005)
Celebrated photographer William Eggleston briefly engaged with fledgling video technology for a period of two years. In 1973 and 1974, he shot his social circle in Memphis and New Orleans—drunk, derelict friends; his Quaalude-fueled girlfriend; harmonica-guitar-piano blues jam sessions; and family shouting matches—and compiled a hilarious, unhinged document of Southern American weirdness which Harmony Korine called the primary influence for his 2009 film Trash Humpers.
“Shot in 1974 with a Sony Portapak, the crazily careening Stranded in Canton documents a cast of hard-drinking Southerners with the intimacy, ease and instability of a seasoned participant. Whiffs of Southern Gothic are not new to Mr. Eggleston's work, but here they rise to the surface—fierce, tragic and proud." —The New York Times
Stranded in Canton, William Eggleston, 1973/2005, US, digital, 77'
mig (Moving Image Group) is a student-run screening programme and discursive platform at Central Saint Martins. Led by students in the the MRes Art: Moving Image course, the series is intended to develop interdisciplinary discussion and debate around significant works of artist film and moving image. Meetings are geared towards MRes and MA students and open to other UAL students by interest. Wine and snax included.