W. Eugene Smith, ‘The Spinner, Spanish Village’, 1951, Doyle
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W. Eugene Smith

The Spinner, Spanish Village, 1951

Gelatin silver print
12 5/8 × 9 in
32.1 × 22.9 cm
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Signed by Smith with a stylus recto (l.r.) Some toning to mount, a few minor marks noted to print …

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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.

W. Eugene Smith, ‘The Spinner, Spanish Village’, 1951, Doyle
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Signed by Smith with a stylus recto (l.r.) Some toning to mount, a few minor marks noted to print surface. Unframed

A classic from Smith's oeuvre, and one of his most reproduced images.

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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.

W. Eugene Smith

The Spinner, Spanish Village, 1951

Gelatin silver print
12 5/8 × 9 in
32.1 × 22.9 cm
Bidding closed
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