Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Great Black & White Photographers, PART 2

Name: W. Eugene Smith
Birth: 12/20/1918, Wichita, Kansas
Death: 10/15/1978, Tuscon, Arizona
Why in history: An American, known for not wanting to take only professional pictures & by his World War 2 pictures.
Jobs: Graduated from Wichita north High School & Quickly started working for local newspapers called The Wichita Eagle & The Beacon. Moved to New York for Newsweek which knew him by his personality & his need to be perfect, but was fired for rejecting to take pictures by a certain camera. Later joined Life Magazine but had to quit by getting hurt by imitating a battle for Parade Magazine.

Entered World War 2 taking pictures of U.S. Marines & Japanese Prisoners of war on the front lines of Africa & certain islands. After recovering later went into a 3 week document about Pittsburg which ended up taking 3 years but was too long to ever be previewed but went into a published book of photo essays. Eventually went into taking pictures & recording jazz musicians from 1957 to 1965. Died of a massive stroke by Amphetamine & alcohol. 10 pictures of all of his masterpieces are aknowledged today.

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