- Series: Aperture Masters of Photography
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Aperture (June 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3829028857
- ISBN-13: 978-3829028851
- ASIN: 0893818364
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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W. Eugene Smith: Masters of Photography (Aperture Masters of Photography) Hardcover – June 15, 2005
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About the Author
Jim Hughes, former editor of Camera Arts, the Photography Annual and Camera 35, is the author of W. Eugene Smith: Shadow & Substance, Ernst Haas in Black and White, and The Birth of a Century.
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Smith is one of the most important photographers from the 20th century. His influence was great and his work on the photo-essay is defining (e.g. his Life magazine essay on Dr. Ceriani in 1948). His most memorable photo was of Tomoko Uemura with her son in 1972).
Other 20th century photographers you may want to discover or learn from are: Eugene Atget (late-19th/early 20th C), who documented Paris for artists, but whose work influenced the existential air of 20th century photography; Alfred Eisenstadt (mid-late 20th C), who, in my opinion, was the father of modern photo-journalism; and Mary Ellen Mark (late-20th C), who captured the zeitgeist of late-20th century better than most photographers, who tended to project meaning onto their subjects, rather than receive them as Mark was and is so adept at doing.
Of the many photo books on the shelves, this one is worth your time and money.
This volume is part of Aperture Masters of Photography Series. At under ten dollars, there is no better introduction one can find on the life and work of Eugene Smith. The publisher of this volume is Koneman, a German company well known for the high quality of its productions. This book is a good value and is highly recommended.