W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult
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The program introduces the viewer to hundreds of Mr. Smith's photographs through a dramatic recreation of the photographer's life. Peter Riegart portrays the artist, starting with his assignment covering the South Pacific war experiences of the 1940's. Through his photographs for Life Magazine, Mr. Smith wanted to "carry some message against the greed, stupidity and intolerance that causes war". If it were not for just a "simple accident of birth, the fate of a particular country of origin, we could be considered as the enemy".
Interwoven with details regarding particular photojournalistic assignments is the story of the photographer's personal life. He was raised by a father who committed suicide as the result of business failures, and a mother who maintained a staunch Catholic faith. She inculcated, in her children, the idea that life might be considered as under the spell of a punishment resulting from some primeval transgression. This intense upbringing instilled in the man a ferocious work ethic and contributed to his desire to cover subjects of perennial social importance.
Upon returning from the war, Smith's next assignment was to follow a country doctor for some 23 days and nights, sharing intimately in the life of his subjects.Read more ›
The movie shows him, blemishes and all, as the photographer,poet,benzadrine user,manic artist who defined a discipline that brought horrow and joy from places far away, suddenly into our living room, suddenly very close to us.
This is a typical "PBS style" documentary - you're children may become bored, but I would recomend it to any one who loves photography and photojournalism.
The fact about this film is that it seems to be no book around as rich and detailed. If you already like Eugene Smith, buy it. If not, buy it too, and you'll learn to love him.
photographer's lives. This dvd was well great! The acting was great along with the amount of original images shown.
I highly recommend it!
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If you are interested in photographers as well as the art of shooting, you will like this video. Smith was different, that's for sure.Published 3 months ago by J. Henningsen
My first one was defective and I quickly received a replacement which was in good shape. This is my favorite photographer and it is a wonderful story about him.Published 17 months ago by Laini
It was excellent, but seemed to ramble in spots and I think I would have liked it better if it hadn't tried to be so comprehensive. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Joe Z
This movie examines the power of photography and its ability to make change. Though I think this documentary could stand on its own without the need for additional acting. Read morePublished on June 9, 2011 by Paul