W. Eugene Smith, ‘Untitled’, 1950, Photography, Gelatin silver print on paper, Museo Reina Sofía
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W. Eugene Smith

Untitled, 1950

Gelatin silver print on paper
18 1/2 × 13 4/5 in
47 × 35 cm
Location
Madrid
About the work
Museo Reina Sofía
Madrid

Date: 1950 / Later print, circa 1971
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

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Series
Spanish Village
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Fotografía: Joaquín Cortés/Román Lores Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
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, ‘Untitled’, 1950, Photography, Gelatin silver print on paper, Museo Reina Sofía
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About the work
Museo Reina Sofía
Madrid

Date: 1950 / Later print, circa 1971
Collection: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Medium
Series
Spanish Village
Image rights
Fotografía: Joaquín Cortés/Román Lores Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
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

Untitled, 1950

Gelatin silver print on paper
18 1/2 × 13 4/5 in
47 × 35 cm
Location
Madrid
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