Review Round Up… William Eggleston: Portraits, National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery showcases the work of the American photographer from the 1960’s to the present day – but what have critics said about it? 

The Guardian: ***** Adrian Searle wrote: “It is a marvellous, compact show that never sags or leaves you drained.”

Evening Standard: ***** Ben Luke commented that: “he manages to conjure from his photographs something akin to the memory of a person or people as much as the physical facts of their presence.”

The Telegraph: **** Mark Hudson thought: “Eggleston is essentially a storyteller, and the best images in this show aren’t so much portraits as passages in a lifetime’s narrative about a people, a culture and a place.”

Time Out: ***** Chris Waywell said: “his is not a big show, for a man who is supposed to have taken more than a million photographs, but I could spend a week in it, happily. Or a year.”


William Eggleston: Portraits is on display at the National Portrait Gallery until the 23rd October. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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