Timeline

1939 Born July 27, 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee.

1957 Acquires his first camera, a Canon rangefinder.

1958 Acquires his first Leica.

1959 Sees Henri Cartier-Bresson's "The Decisive Moment" and Walker Evans' "American Photographs".

1965 Begins to experiment with color transparency film.

1967 Starts to use color negative film. Goes to New York and meets Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and Diane Arbus. Presents his work to John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

1974 Harry Lunn publishes the first portfolio of dye-transfer photographs, "14 Pictures." Receives a Guggenheim Fellowship. Appointed Lecturer in Visual and Environmental Studies at The Carpenter Center, Harvard University. Completes his "Los Alamos" project.

1975 Receives a National Endowment for the Arts Photographer's Fellowship.

1976 The Museum of Modern Art exhibits work in first solo exhibition of color photographs accompanied by a monograph, "William Eggleston's Guide." Commissioned by Rolling Stone to photograph Plains, Georgia before the election of President Jimmy Carter. Project becomes "Election Eve," the first of the artist's books of original photographs published by Caldecot Chubb.

1978 Appointed Researcher in Color Video at Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the invitation of Richard Leacock. Photographs the Gulf states on a commission from A.T. & T. Receives another award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Visits Jamaica.

1979 Chubb published three smaller volumes of original photographs, "Morals of Vision," "Wedgwood Blue," and "Flowers."

1980 Travels to Kenya with Caldecot Chubb and creates a body of work known as "The Streets Are Clean on Jupiter." Commissioned to produce the "Louisiana Project" and to photograph throughout the state.

1982 Invited to photograph the set of John Huston's film "Annie".

1983 Begins to photograph in Berlin, Salzburg and Graz and titles the series "Kiss me Kracow". Commissioned to photograph the mansion of Elvis Presley, Graceland.

1986 Invited by director David Byrne to visit and photograph the making of his film "True Stories". Commissioned by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to photograph in Egypt.

1988 Begins a series of color photographs of England he calls "English Rose".

1989 Photographs in the orange groves of the Transvaal. Accepts one of 54 Master Photographers of 1960-1979 awards from Photographic Society of Japan. Plays the role of musician Jerry Lee Lewis' father in the movie "Great Balls of Fire".

1992 Travels to China, mainly photographing in Beijing.

1993 Commissioned by Delta Pine and Land to photograph Scott, Mississippi.

1996 Commissioned by Coca-Cola to photograph their plants in four cities in the U.S. Invited by producer Caldecot Chubb to visit and photograph the making of the film "Eve's Bayou". Receives the University of Memphis Distinguished Achievement Award.

1999 Invited by director Gus Van Sant to visit and photograph the making of the film "Easter". Invited by the J. Paul Getty Museum to photograph the museum and its grounds. Also photographs religious locations in Orange County, California.

2000 Commissioned by Paramount Pictures to photograph studio lot in Hollywood, California. Commissioned by the Cartier Foundation to photograph the American desert.

2001 Travels to Japan and photographs Kyoto.

2002 Travels extensively and photographs locations including Pasadena, California; the New Jersey Shore; Queens, New York; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Tuscany, Italy.

2003 Travels to and photographs the Niagara Falls area. Travels to Arles, France to attend Rencontres d'Arles and meets Henri Cartier-Bresson. Accepts Gold Medal for Photography from National Arts Club, New York.

2004 Receives the Getty Images Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Center of Photography (ICP) Infinity Awards. Travels to Hawaii and photographs with new panoramic format camera. Travels to Madrid to accept 2004 Photoespana Award. Travels to Clovis, New Mexico and photographs the city and Norman Petty Recording Studios.

2005 William Eggleston In The Real World, a documentary film on Eggleston by Michael Almereyda is completed. Travels to Xilitla, Mexico to photograph Las Pozas. Longtime advisor and friend, Walter Hopps dies. Invited and travels to Tokyo to be guest judge at Canon's New Cosmos Photography Contest.