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W. Eugene Smith

Dance of the Flaming Coke, Pittsburgh, 1955

Gelatin silver print
8 3/10 × 12 4/5 in
21 × 32.4 cm
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Estate credit stamp and titled in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse of the mount.
W. Eugene Smith
American, 1918–1976
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Called a fanatic of his craft and, often, "troublesome" by his editors, photographer and photojournalist W. Eugene Smith demanded such perfection of his images that he destroyed most of his early work. He began taking pictures at age 14, initially of airplanes, exploring an interest in aeronautical engineering. Smith went on to study photography at Notre Dame, followed by a job at Newsweek in 1937 (which he was fired from upon refusing to use a medium-format camera.) Smith liked the freedom of smaller cameras, which was particularly important in his combat photography during WWII, where he worked as diligent war correspondent—once hitchhiking 1200 miles to rush deliver film. Smith later helped define photojournalism through his work at Life magazine, and went on to join Magnum Magazine in 1955; he is remembered as a master both technically and in the darkroom.

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About the work
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Phillips
Signature
Estate credit stamp and titled in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse of the mount.
W. Eugene Smith
American, 1918–1976
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Called a fanatic of his craft and, often, "troublesome" by his editors, photographer and photojournalist W. Eugene Smith demanded such perfection of his images that he destroyed most of his early work. He began taking pictures at age 14, initially of airplanes, exploring an interest in aeronautical engineering. Smith went on to study photography at Notre Dame, followed by a job at Newsweek in 1937 (which he was fired from upon refusing to use a medium-format camera.) Smith liked the freedom of smaller cameras, which was particularly important in his combat photography during WWII, where he worked as diligent war correspondent—once hitchhiking 1200 miles to rush deliver film. Smith later helped define photojournalism through his work at Life magazine, and went on to join Magnum Magazine in 1955; he is remembered as a master both technically and in the darkroom.

W. Eugene Smith

Dance of the Flaming Coke, Pittsburgh, 1955

Gelatin silver print
8 3/10 × 12 4/5 in
21 × 32.4 cm
Bidding closed
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