W. Eugene Smith Photographs 1934-1975

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Harry N. Abrams, Oct 15, 1998 - Photography - 352 pages
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This is the most complete monograph on the work of W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), one of the heroes of American photojournalism. Beginning in the 1930s, working for Newsweek and other magazines, he created poetic photo essays of enormous and lasting impact. Drawing from Smith's own archives and including illuminating texts, this comprehensive volume features more than 300 superb duotone reproductions of both famous and never-before-published images from his most important works.

Smith's Life magazine photo essays are represented by images created in the 1940s and '50s for, among others, the landmark "Country Doctor", "Spanish Village", "Nurse Midwife", and "Albert Schweitzer: Man of Mercy". Among his later independent works are the hugely ambitious series on Pittsburgh and Haiti from the late 1950s. His last project was the disturbing 1970s essay Minimata, on the consequences of industrial pollution in Japan.

The photographs were selected by photographic historian Gilles Mora and designer John T. Hill from the Smith collection at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona.

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About the author (1998)

Born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1918, W. Eugene Smith was a combat photographer during World War II, and worked for" Life "magazine during the 1940s and 1950s, producing more than fifty photo-essays. In the early 1970s, he photographed in Minamata, Japan, a small village affected by industrial mercury poisoning.
Jim Hughes, former editor of" Camera Arts," the "Photography Annual" and" Camera 35," is the author of "W. Eugene Smith: Shadow & Substance,"" Ernst Haas in Black and White," and "The Birth of a Century."

Gilles Mora is an independent French curator who has produced a series of important photography catalogues.

John T. Hill's previous books include Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye.

Gabriel Bauret is a noted French curator, critic, and photographic historian.

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