Morton, Mississippi
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© Eggleston Artistic Trust
Gift of Caldecot Chubb

William Eggleston
American, Morton, Mississippi, 1971
Dye transfer print
11 7/8 x 17 3/4 in.

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Though two of these children wear homemade costumes to identify their involvement in the usual Halloween festivities, it is the lurid colored light bathing the scene that most clearly communicates the holiday's supernatural origins. The purple sky and green asphalt--as improbable as they are believable--make the picture emblematic of the haunting season. William Eggleston's talent with lighting made the three unremarkable children on an empty road one of his most well known images.