Their names are Karen and Lesa, and they were photographed by William Eggleston, who they knew as Bill. He had been taking so many photos that evening that they didnt pay much attention as he set up lights to capture the beautiful picture.
Eggleston is credited with turning color photography into an art form and inspiring the look of such films as Blue Velvet and The Virgin Suicides. A new book of his work, 5x7, features photographs taken by Eggleston in 1973 of myriad patrons in Memphis bars. This photograph, taken after Karen and Lesa had followed revelers to a friends house, is among them.
Read Memphian Emily Yellin's story about the photo in Smithsonian magazine. -Cherie Heiberg