In the Real World is a 2005 documentary about photographer William Eggleston. Eggleston shot up to fame in 1976 with his one-man gallery exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. People weren't able to forget the name since then.
Unlike other documentaries that focus on the impressive or exceptional traits of their subjects, In the Real World attacks the topic on a more personal level. As you watch, you get to see intimate moments that Eggleston shares with people in his life just as you would in some of his photographic work. Everything is just free flowing and normal. It's ordinary, it's obvious. None of the fancy stuff. You see this graying artist casually playing keyboards and having a drink or a smoke.
Eggleston is a master in capturing the ordinary scenes in the street, at home, or wherever a common man would be. It's not much about his subject but in the way he presented it in. His approach to photography can be a masterclass in using colors. He communicates with his audience in such a subtle way that each photograph deserves more than just a quick glance. As he said he was "in constant war with the obvious" but to appreciate that kind of thinking demands a lot of thought and awareness.
Slow (and laconic) at times (just like Eggleston is when composing a shot) the film offers an insightful look into the life and process of a talented man.
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