William Eggleston's Rosebud?

"Reiner Holzemer’s 2008 documentary film, William Eggleston: Photographer, includes a black-and-white family snapshot. It shows a very young Eggleston in the foreground, looking natty in cap and sailor suit, a tricycle behind him. Might it be a sidewalk-worthy equivalent of Charles Foster Kane’s Rosebud? Surely, not even Eggleston can say. In such indeterminacy begins the mystery and wonder of art, three-wheeled and otherwise." — Mark Feeney, Smithsonian.com

William Eggleston, Untitled (Memphis), 1970

“I do have a personal discipline of only taking one picture of one thing. Not two. I would take more than one and get so confused later. I was trying to figure out which was the best frame. I said, this is ridiculous—I’m just going to take one.”

“...So then that picture is taken and then the next one is waiting somewhere else.” – William Eggelston 

Inequality for All

Why isn't there more outrage in the USA over income inequality? Here are some answers generated by the class:

  1. Negative perception of the protesters (eg., "Occupy Wall Street)
  2. Aspiration to become upper class as opposed to resent those citizens
  3. A disproportionate influence (by the upper class) in the political arena (lobbying) and in the media
  4. Ever-increasing amounts of consumer and household debt helping to finance an American consumer lifestyle