But Eggleston, 69, appeared at ease on the other side of the camera. When asked if he liked the way he looks in photos, he replied in his usual chatty fashion: “Sometimes.”
And does he like having his picture taken?
Why did he decide to exhibit at the Whitney after a 32-year hiatus from showing in New York?
“I didn’t ask them, they asked me.”
If Eggleston wasn’t in the mood to elaborate, his admirers were. Whitney director Adam Weinberg effused to the crowd, which also included Dennis Hopper and Patti Smith, “Bill is one of the few artists who is both living and a legend.”