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    Silver Gelatin Photo Print by W. Eugene Smith, one of the greatest photojournalists of the 20th century. Smith was born in 1918 at Wichita, Kansas, and got hooked on photography at an early age. His career started with him covering events for the local papers while still in high school. He went to Notre Dame in 1936 on a special scholarship but left a year later. Traveling to New York, he joined the staff of Newsweek. He later did freelance work for Life, Colliers and the New York Times. Smith realized early in his career that photography had the power to raise social consciousness and his goal was getting his work viewed by the largest possible audience. When World War II broke out, he became a war correspondent, first for Ziff-Davis, and later for Life. He got so close to the action at Okinawa that he was seriously wounded and had to return home. Through the years, Smith's work for Life was seen and appreciated by millions of people. Of himself he once said: "I am an idealist. I often feel I would like to be an artist in an ivory tower. Yet it is imperative that I speak to people, so I must desert that ivory tower. To do this, I am a journalist- a photojournalist. But I am always torn between the attitude of the journalist, who is a recorder of facts, and the artist, who is often necessarily at odds with the facts. My principle concern is for honesty, above all honesty with myself..."

    This incredible 6.75" x 8.5" B&W photo shows Smith's talent as a printmaker with brilliant highlights and a rich tonal scale. It is mounted to an 11" x 14" board which has notated on the back "Credit and Copyright W. Eugene Smith Please return to Leslie Teicholz..." Teicholz was his personal assistant from 1969. Also noted is that this photo was illustrated in the Aperture monograph published in 1969. Excellent condition.


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    December, 2005
    15th-16th Thursday-Friday
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