Memphis, Tennessee by William Eggleston (1968)

The photograph titled “Memphis, Tennessee” was taken by artist William Eggleston in 1968. The image depicts a collection of trophies atop a gray chest of drawers. The trophies vary in size and design, with some resembling athletes and others more traditional cup shapes. Directly below the trophies, the chest of drawers has a selection of cigarettes available for purchase, each slot labeled with the brand and price. The backdrop is a plain blue wall, creating a stark contrast with the metallic sheen of the trophies and the dull gray of the cabinet. The composition captures a mundane yet intriguing slice of life, showcasing the juxtaposition of achievement symbols against the commercial banality of a cigarette vending machine.

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