Friday, October 21, 2011

w. eugene smith - monograph

American photographer W. Eugene Smith (1918 – 1978) revolutionized the photo-essay form with the works he published in Life magazine between 1948 and 1956. This monograph reproduces images from six of his classic sequences: "Country Doctor", which portrays the selfless and sometimes frustrating work of a doctor in rural America; "Spanish Village", the most powerful photographic study of 1950s Spain; "Nurse Midwife", which examines the life of a black woman in the American south; "A Man of Mercy", which documents Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s humanitarian work in Africa; "Minamata", a photo-essay recording the effects caused by a mercury spill in a region inhabited by Japanese fishermen, and Pittsburgh, Smith’s first freelance assignment.
Writings by W. Eugene Smith, clarifying his field techniques and guiding principles, are included here alongside the tale of his most praised photograph, "A Walk to a Paradise Garden", and an essay on Spain in the 1950s, the setting for his Spanish Village essay.

Exhibition: W. Eugene Smith - Retrospective
25. September - 27. November 2011
Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

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