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W. Eugene Smith

Landscape from a Moving Train, Japan, 1961

Gelatin silver
8 3/8 × 12 3/4 in
21.3 × 32.4 cm
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Condition Report: Dry mounted to board measuring 16 x 20 inches; one area of abnormality …

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Condition Report: Dry mounted to board measuring 16 x 20 inches; one area of abnormality approximately 1/2 inch long;upper center visible in raking light; two pinpoint indentations to the upper left quadrant.

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Signed in ink on mount recto; editioned No. '9' of portfolio No. '14' in ink in label on mount verso.
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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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Condition Report: Dry mounted to board measuring 16 x 20 inches; one area of abnormality …

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Condition Report: Dry mounted to board measuring 16 x 20 inches; one area of abnormality approximately 1/2 inch long;upper center visible in raking light; two pinpoint indentations to the upper left quadrant.

Signature
Signed in ink on mount recto; editioned No. '9' of portfolio No. '14' in ink in label on mount verso.
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
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

Landscape from a Moving Train, Japan, 1961

Gelatin silver
8 3/8 × 12 3/4 in
21.3 × 32.4 cm
Bidding closed
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