Tag Archives: W. Eugene Smith

W. Eugene Smith’s Germ-Free Animals

W. Eugene Smith, [Man in protective helmet and rubber gloves holding mouse, Laboratories of Bacteriology at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana], 1949 (1519.2005) The American photojournalist William Eugene Smith (1918-1978) is, amid other things, known for his major photo-essays … Continue reading

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Wash Your Hands!

Margaret Bourke‑White, [Nurse Clara Stull prepares typhoid inoculation for flood victims at refugee aid station at Hikes Grade School, Louisville], 1937 (1648.2005) W. Eugene Smith, [Nurse‑midwife Maude Callen giving inoculation to little boy], 1951 (993.2005) John Vachon, Irwinville Farms, Georgia. … Continue reading

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Food, the Kitchen, and the Domestic Environment

Documentary photojournalism flourished in the mid-twentieth century. Its popularity was nourished by the invention of the handheld camera, access to and improvement of photographic resources, and advances in printed media production and civilian travel. Photographers embarked on journeys to explore … Continue reading

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Using Central Park

Over the years Central Park has been used for many purposes: Bruce Davidson, Central Park, New York City, 1960 (2011.2005) Ernst Haas, Who has the floor? (Central Park), 1972 (79.1976) Tod Papageorge, Alice in Wonderland, 1978 (886.2000) W. Eugene Smith, Central … Continue reading

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Long Live the Books!

For some people, a book is a prehistoric artifact that smells bad (if you have ever wondered why they smell) and that has quickly been replaced by anonymous and insipid screens. For others, books still hold an important space whereas … Continue reading

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What’s the Point?

Pointing fingers is rude. W. Eugene Smith, British actor, playwright, and composer, Noel Coward, 1949 In western cultural codes and etiquette, we are taught not to point fingers at people, as it is unacceptable. Quite naturally, being pointed at is … Continue reading

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Fated Bonds

Herbert Mason Great Dome of St. Paul’s cathedral surrounding by burning city of London during major incendiary bomb attack by Nazis, 1940–41 Robert Capa [British surgical unit working in an operating room set up in a church, Maiori, Italy], September … Continue reading

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