"The Democratic Forest is a modern epic. This monumental work consists of many thousands of colour photographs made during the eighties by the distinguished American photographer, William Eggleston. The book contains one hundred and fifty images from this vast project, which has been sequenced in an almost autobiographical narrative. The sequence creates a cohesive composition starting in Eggleston's familiar landscape of Tennessee and the Mississippi Delta. The Democratic Forest radiates out from his private world to a common international landscape, passing through Pittsburgh, Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas, and Miami to reach as far as the Berlin Wall.
Eggleston's forest consists not only of the abundant foliage and vertical forms of trees, but also of the upright telegraph poles that line the highways and bind the world together with the wires of communication. It is an empty, uninhabited landscape populated by automobiles. Eggleston transcends his role as a great Southern artist and touches on a universal perspective. "From the sleeve.
*Signed but also dedicated to a Stephen Cohen*