W. Eugene Smith

1918–1978

W. Eugene Smith, ‘Guarda Civil’ 1951, probably printed later
Guarda Civil 1951, probably printed later
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William Eugene Smith (December 30, 1918 – October 15, 1978) was an American photojournalist, who has been described as "perhaps the single most important American photographer in the development of the editorial photo essay." His major photo essays include World War II photographs, the dedication of an American country doctor and a nurse midwife, the clinic of Dr Schweitzer in French Equatorial Africa, the city of Pittsburgh, and the pollution which damaged the health of the residents of Minamata in Japan. His 1948 series, Country Doctor, photographed for Life magazine is now recognised as "the first extended editorial photo story".

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W. Eugene Smith Guarda Civil

1951, probably printed later

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