In 1977 William Eggleston released Election Eve, his first and most elaborate artist’s book, in an edition of only five. In this new edition, presented in a single volume, Eggleston's original sequence is printed in full, depicting the journey he took from Memphis, Tennessee to Plains, Georgia in 1976.
Eggleston undertook this journey to the small hometown of Jimmy Carter just one month before he was elected the 39th President of the United States of America. Eggleston began photographing even before he left Memphis. His photographs depict the surrounding countryside and villages of Sumter Country, before he reached Plains. Documenting the lonesome roads, train tracks, cars, gas stations and houses of the surrounding area, Eggleston presents an unsettling portrait of Plains, starkly different to the idealized image of it subsequently promoted by the media.