The crop


Big Star, 1974:

Spoon, 2010:

I hate that they cropped this photo:

Alex Chilton did not crop. Maybe it’s because he and Eggleston actually knew each other, and for Britt  Daniel, Eggleston is just some guy whose work he saw at the Whitney. Not sure I would feel so strongly about this if I weren’t friends with  a lot of great photographers, but for some reason this crop job really grates on me. At least now we know it’s no big deal if someone re-releases a Spoon album with 1/3 of the tracks missing.

More Eggleston album covers, cropped and not cropped, here.


5 Responses to “The crop”

  1. Aminatou Says:


  2. Ann Says:

    too much for friday?

  3. Holly Says:

    I love Eggleston. It’s not surprising the artist/artist collaborations such as 1. Diane Arbus / Albert Camus 2. Black Flag / Raymond Pettibon. Art, good taste, and talent all mold into one genepool no matter what.

  4. Lara Says:

    Ann, love you for this blog. I dub thee honorary photographer. I had no idea there were so many Eggleston covers! I still love the Silver Jews and red ceiling Big Star ones the best.

  5. William Eggleston: Pianist « Says:

    […] there’s two types of Eggleston covers, as Ann points out over at Instaboner: the original, and the crop. Big Star went with the original Eggleston, Spoon […]

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