William Eggleston, 76, Has Photos You Haven't Seen And They're Showing In London

Photo by William Eggleston

Photo by William Eggleston

Previously unseen images of the Clash’s Joe Strummer and actor Dennis Hopper are to be unveiled as part of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The gallery is showcasing the work of American photographer William Eggleston, said to have inspired film directors David Lynch and Sofia Coppola. Strummer was pictured in 1980 at the height of his fame with the Clash, while Hopper, who directed and starred in the 1969 cult classic Easy Rider, is shown driving in the outback in the early 1970s.

This will be the first museum exhibition devoted to the portraits of Eggleston, who is renowned for his images of people in diners, petrol stations, phone booths and supermarkets.

Curator Phillip Prodger said: “Few photographers alive today have had such a profound influence on the way photographs are made and seen as William Eggleston.”

Press Association via The Guardian