This Is Just a Part of William Eggleston’s Extensive Camera Collection


Want to see what the camera arsenal of a world famous photographer looks like? A photographer whose work fetches millions of dollars at auction?

Check out the photograph above (larger version here). It was shot by photographer William Eggleston for WSJ Magazine, and shows just a portion of Eggleston’s extensive camera collection.

Eggleston’s owns three cases filled with cameras, and this is just one of them. This particular case holds 13 different Leica cameras and a bunch of Canon cameras. The case itself is a leather briefcase that was retrofitted with wood panels.

Eggleston’s collection mostly comprises Leica and Canon cameras. In addition to standard issue models, the stockpile also includes rare limited-edition and custom-painted bodies.

The photographer tells the WSJ that the collection “has grown into something of an obsession.” He currently has about 300 cameras in his collection.

The photograph above was shot by Eggleston using a Fuji X-Pro1 — a very rangefinder-like camera — for the June 2013 issue of WSJ Magazine, to be included in the May 25th, 2013 issue of the Wall Street Journal.

You can find this photograph and a collection of Eggleston’s most famous images over on the Wall Street Journal‘s Photo Journal.

Image credit: Photograph by William Eggleston for WSJ. Magazine. Used with permission.

  • Daire

    Ah that explains why he was able to take such great photographs. He had good cameras !

  • Tom Frundle

    I’ll take just one of those plese and thank you! :)

  • Reba Baskett

    I want one…I won’t be greedy…just one.

  • Furunomoe

    Now I want to see his lens collections!

  • Adam Cross

    no close-up of the Canon cameras? come now, we all know PP loves Leica but seriously? :P joking of course! =D

  • Jake

    Give the man some Tums, ’cause he’s got G.A.S.!

  • ISO640

    I see Fuji X-Pro1 sales going through the roof now.

  • Kurt B

    what’s gas?

  • Nate Matos

    Gear Acquisition Syndrome – when you can’t help but buy up lots of photo equipment.


    this not healthy in the way modern economy isn’t when few rich ones has more than billions of other people.

  • SpaceMan

    Give me that over communist Russia any day

  • James Donahue

    Love that Guy Eggleston.

  • James Donahue

    The camera only records what he saw.

  • Kevin Purcell

    You did notice that there are six Canon rangfinders in the briefcase …

  • Michael Zhang

    Adam is referring to a zoomed-in crop that we featured early on but later took down (the WSJ preferred that we only show the non-cropped version). :)

  • Kevin Purcell

    Ah, so he’s right!

    “we all know PP loves Leica” :-)

  • CCjudy

    Wm Eggleston is I say the greatest living photographer

  • Daire

    no no i used to shoot nikon and my captures sucked and then i sold it all and started shooting cannon and now with a couple of pro lense additions my captures are top class pro captures. He shot canon too you see.

  • Jake

    If Communist Russia had won, we’d be using Zenits and Zorkis, instead of Leicas

  • benny

    We don’t use Leicas either, for the most part, they’re a niche product. 12 million Zenit-Es were produced. I reckon you can do just fine with one of those & a Helios 44.

  • WilzWorkz

    my observation. Just look at the top plate…the Canon = the Leica :)

  • Jeff

    I like this guy. He’s funny.

  • K

    u still sucks and always will be.