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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 30. W. Eugene Smith (1918–1978)

W. Eugene Smith was an avid aficionado of planes and airports, which he photographed while he was a teen. In high school, he was a photographer for the school paper. He later threw out all the images he had accumulated because he thought that the technique he used to take them was bad. Smith worked for Newsweek and freelanced for Life and the New York Times. He used multiple cameras, mostly 35mm, when shooting.

He covered World War II by traveling the Pacific. He sought to show the victims of the war as real people. Of his war photography, Smith said, “I wanted my pictures to carry some message against the greed, the stupidity, and the intolerances that cause these wars.” During World War II, Smith got hit ...

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