W. Eugene Smith “Photo is a small voice, at best, but sometimes - just sometimes - one photograph or a group of them can lure our senses into awareness. Much depends upon the viewer; in some, photographs can summon enough emotion to be a catalyst to thought. ” -W. Eugene Smith By: Angelia Gonzalez
Biography Born in 1918 in Wichita, Kansas. Age 15 he took his first photographs for two local newspapers. Born in 1918 in Wichita, Kansas. •Age 15 he took his first photographs for two local newspapers.
Biography (cont.) •In 1936 he entered Notre Dame University in Wichita •1937 he began working for News-Week; he was then fired for refusing to use medium- format cameras. •Worked as a war correspondent for Flying magazine (1942-44) and then a year later he worked for Life.
Biography (cont.) •He was fanatically dedicated to his mission as a photographer when he became a full member of Magnum in 1957. •A year later Smith died (d.1978) from a stroke, after moving to Tucson to teach at the University of Arizona.
• Born in 1918 and died from a massive stroke in 1978 from a long term consumption of drugs and alcohol. • Eugene Smith’s greatest contribution was during WORLD WAR II when he became a war correspondent for Ziff-Davis. WORLD WAR II. The Pacific Campaign. November 1943. Tarawa atoll.
WORLD WAR II. The Pacific Campaign. 27 June 1944. Battle of Saipan Island. US Marines.
I didn’t write the rules — why should I follow them? Since I put a great deal of time and research to know what I am about? I ask and arrange if I feel it is legitimate. The honesty lies in my — the photographer’s — ability to understand. –W. Eugene Smith
Influences. 1969. US jazz trumpeter Miles Davis • His creative outlook and thinking came from his discovery of the world of music which is one of his major influences. • Smith is said to be one of the worlds greatest photojournali sts (from the opinions of many.)
Importance. Smith’s photos showed emotion WORLD WAR II. The Pacific and sort of told a Campaign. June 1944. Battle of story to them. Saipan Island. US Marine holding a WORLD WAR II. The Pacific wounded and dying baby found in Campaign. April 1945. The He let the ideas the mountains. Battle of Okinawa (Japanese come from the island). subject itself rather than force them. He didn’t just take a single photo, he would take groups of photos in photo essays.
‘Country Doctor’ In the backseat of a car, Dr. Ceriani assists a shot of morphine to a 60-year-old tourist from Chicago, seen here with her grandson, who was suffering from a mild heart disturbance. Colorado. Kremmling. 1948. Dr. Ernest Guy Ceriani, a country doctor going to visit his patients in their remote villages.
‘Country Doctor’ 1948. Dr. Ceriani with Lee Marie Wheatly, a two and a half year old child who needed emergency treatment after having been kicked in the head by a horse.
“Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold.” -W. Eugene Smith
‘Nurse Midwife’ • Maude gets ready in kitchen by lamplight(top) • Annabelle Fuller was seriously cut in an auto accident and Maude had given her first aid. Now the girl returns to have her dressings changed.(left)
Inside a church. Maude inspects a patient behind a bedsheet screen.
Jazz musician Thelonious Monk. Circa 1965.
Singer and musician Bob Dylan. 1965.
“I was after a set of pictures, so that when people looked at them they would say, ‘This is war’--that the people who were in the war would believe that I had truthfully captured what they had gone through... I worked in the framework that war is horrible. I want to carry on what I have tried to do in these pictures. War is a concentrated unit in the world and these things are clearly and cleanly seen. Things like race prejudice, poverty, hatred and bigotry are sprawling things in civilian life, and not so easy to define as war.” –W. Eugene Smith
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