W. Eugene Smith: A Life in Pictures

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Fishing in Minamata Bay
Fishing in Minamata Bay,  ca. 1972,  ​ ​ W. Eugene Smith Archive/Gift of Aileen M. Smith, © Aileen Mioko Smith
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10 a.m. Sept. 2, 2023 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 2024

In 1978, Life magazine photojournalist W. Eugene Smith died at age 59 in Tucson, Arizona where he had moved the year before. He left behind a vast and rich archive of correspondence, his own research material, negatives, proof prints, and audio recordings. The Center for Creative Photography is presenting 45 of Smith’s photographs as an opportunity to think about what conditions promote interdisciplinary engagement. Drawn from five series: World War II, Nurse Midwife, Jazz Loft, Hitachi Corporation, and Minamata, Smith’s work will be presented with archival material that helps expand consideration of his practice beyond an art historical lens, connecting his photographs to other fields and disciplines.

Due to a recent unexpected mechanical issue at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP), A Life in Pictures must close earlier than planned. The final day to see the exhibition in the Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery is Saturday, February 3.