The Call for Entries for the 2017 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund just ended for this year, and it happened on the same day the great Eugene Richards’ first museum retrospective and tour opened. The Eugenes, Smith and Richards, make for good company because they are both important photographic story tellers who shoot real people in desperate or, at least, trying circumstances.
I guess what I miss most is the solitude. I remember standing alone in the pitch black of a hotel road darkroom after a dangerous day, with my arms thrust deep into a sink of 68-degree wash water for no reason while I waited for the fixer to clear my film. There, in the absence of every sight, of every sound, it was peace.
"The American Society of Media Photographers recently discovered the transcript of an interview of W. Eugene Smith, conducted by the great portraitist Philippe Halsmann and the society’s first president"
W. Eugene Smith was one of the greatest photojournalists of the 20th Century, but I think he would probably have a hard time if he was still alive and decided to enter World Press Photo, which just decreed that only "retouching which conforms to currently accepted standards in the industry is allowed."
W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh Photographs
Carnegie, Nov/Dec 2001 by Ellen S. Wilson
"Don't expect," wrote photographer W Eugene Smith, "a point-by-point hand-led tour. This is an experience as an intensely curious visitor (perhaps a new resident) mig