Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh Project 1955-1958

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In 1955, having just ended his high-profile but stormy career with Life magazine by resigning, W. Eugene Smith was commissioned to spend three weeks in Pittsburgh and produce one hundred photographs for noted journalist and author Stefan Lorant's book commemorating the city's bicentennial. Smith stayed a year, compiling nearly seventeen thousand photographs for what would be the most ambitious photographic essay of his life. But only a fragment of the work was ever seen, despite Smith's lifelong conviction that ...
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In 1955, having just ended his high-profile but stormy career with Life magazine by resigning, W. Eugene Smith was commissioned to spend three weeks in Pittsburgh and produce one hundred photographs for noted journalist and author Stefan Lorant's book commemorating the city's bicentennial. Smith stayed a year, compiling nearly seventeen thousand photographs for what would be the most ambitious photographic essay of his life. But only a fragment of the work was ever seen, despite Smith's lifelong conviction that it was his greatest set of photographs. Now, in an astonishing, first-time assemblage of the core images Smith asserted were the "synthesis of the whole," we see not only a portrayal of Pittsburgh but of mid-century, postwar America.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393044089
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.64 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    a city portrayed in photos

    this photographic essay of pittsburgh, pa is highly recommended to anyone who has an interest in pittsburgh and/or photography. w. eugene smith worked tirelessly to produce this work for future generations. i am especially fond of this work because my mother and father were born and raised in pittsburgh and it gives me insight into their lives and the lives of my grandparents. most especially the ones who are still living in this city with all of it's hardships, changes and struggles. the photos are excellent. i look at each one and imagine the lives that my parents and grand parents lived. my father was from the northside and my mother was from the southside, so all of the photos are of interest to me. the photos range from young to old, from rich to poor, and every thing in between. buy this book and enjoy it as i have. the city of pittsburgh is beautiful to me, but i could not live there because my husband refuses to live where it snows! The details of these beautiful black and white photos will amaze any one who appreciates photography. my mother graduated in 1954 and married in 1958 and had me in 1960, so these photos meant alot to me. i lived in pittsburgh until 1962. so i do not remember anything. these photos document what is now gone and some of what still remains, the beauty of the city and it's monuments. i am planning to order some other books about photography of pittsburgh in the future. this book really impressed me. i can not say enough good things about the way it touched me. thank you for the chance to write a review.

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