By the time he was a teenager, photography was his passion and his craft.
He began his journey as a professional and serious photographer when the famous Frank Noel of the Wichita Press approached him.
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Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work! Eugene Smith, in full William Eugene Smith, byname Gene Smith, (born December 20, 1918, Wichita, Kansas, U.
Eugene Smith's iconic photographic essay "Country Doctor" for LIFE magazine has been published on their Web site to include some previously unpublished images.
Smith spent a month in Kremmling, CO, photographing Dr. In light of a recently re-discovered interview published on LENS where Smith talked about regularly setting up photographs, one wonders how many - if any - of these images that have been sanctified over the decades as "documentary photojournalism" are "real" and how many were stage craft.
When the little boy was only nine years old and asking his mother for money to buy photographs of airplanes, the child was given his first camera.
In 1927 Nettie gave him her old camera in hopes that he would begin to take his own photographs. When her nine year old boy, who would later become the most esteemed photographer in history, came to her with a full roll of shots, she would develop the film for him in her own homemade darkroom.
His major photo essays include World War II photographs, the dedication of an American country doctor and a nurse midwife, the clinic of Dr Schweitzer in French Equatorial Africa, the city of Pittsburgh, and the pollution which damaged the health of the residents of Minamata in Japan.
William Eugene Smith was born in the city of Wichita, Kansas on December 30, 1918 to the parents of William H. Growing up, Smith had taken interest in flying and aviation.