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W. Eugene SmithBy the mid-1950s, W. Eugene Smith had established himself as the premier photo essayist at Life magazine by creating “Country Doctor,” “Spanish Village,” and “Nurse Midwife.”  In 1955 he left Life, joined the Magnum photo agency and began his exhaustive documentation of Pittsburgh.

The American Society of Media Photographers recently discovered the transcript of an interview of Mr. Smith, conducted by the great portraitist Philippe Halsmann and the society’s first president. The interview apparently took place in New York during an Amercian Society of Media Photographers meeting in 1956, although the organization is unsure of the date. The transcript has been lightly edited.

CLICK HERE to view some of Smith’s images and to read the interview .

From the New York Times.

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