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Smith, W. Eugene



  • Existence: 1918 - 1978

Biographical Note

Born 30 December 1918; died 15 October 1978. Smith took his first photographs in Wichita, Kansas for local newspapers from 1933 to 1935. From 1937 to 1938 Smith worked for Newsweek magazine as a photographer. In 1938/39 Smith worked as a freelance photographer for the Black Star photographic agency. Smith worked for Life magazine from 1939 to 1941. From 1942 to 1944 Smith worked as a war correspondent in the Pacific. From 1944 to 1954 Smith worked on photographic essays in Spain, United States, and Great Britain. From 1955 to 1958 Smith was a member of Magnum photographic agency in New York City, New York and in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. From 1957 to 1977 Smith worked as a freelance photographer in New York City, New York and Japan. In 1977 Smith moved to Tuscon, Arizona.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Friends of Photography collection

Identifier: AG 186
Scope and Contents The Friends of Photography records measure approximately 125 linear feet and date from 1964 to 2005, although the bulk of the material falls between 1985 and 2001 when the organization was based in San Francisco, California. Files from earlier years when the organization was located in Carmel, California were most likely lost during the group’s gradual move to San Francisco in the years following Ansel Adams death in 1984. Received in 2002 as a gift collection, records document the founding...
Dates: 1964-2005

Ben Maddow collection

Identifier: AG 108

This collection contains materials, 1942-1986, pertaining to the life and career of Ben Maddow (1909 - 1992), writer and photo-historian. Each group of materials will be described separately. The collection is active.

Dates: 1942-1986

Mickey Pallas collection

Identifier: AG 145
Abstract Papers (circa 1920-1995) of Mickey Pallas (1916-1997), photographer. Includes biographical materials, correspondence, publications, awards, memorabilia, exhibition files, financial papers, catalogs, study prints, photographs, negatives, and audiovisual materials related to Pallas’ career. Also documents Gamma Photo Labs, the Center for Photographic Arts, and Pallas Photographica Gallery, all owned by Pallas. After nearly 20 years of storage, the Mickey Pallas Archive was a gift from Mickey...
Dates: circa 1920-1996

W. Eugene Smith Collection

Identifier: AG 33
Abstract Papers, audio visual materials, and photographic materials, 1910 1978, of W. Eugene Smith (1918 1978), photojournalist. The bulk of the collection consists of his photographic essay project files, activity files, correspondence, writings, and exhibitions from 1935 1978. The papers document his work as a staff photographer for Life, Black Star Publishing Company, Magnum, and other agencies; his extensive free lance projects, his writings and project materials including layouts and...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1910 - 1978

W. Eugene Smith miscellaneous acquisitions collection

Identifier: AG 79

Miscellaneous materials documenting the life and career of W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), photographer. Includes correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, publications, photographic materials, and audio-visual materials. Each group of materials is described separately. The collection is active.

Dates: circa 1931-2005