Let Truth be the Prejudice: W. Eugene Smith: His Life and Photographs

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Let Truth Be The Prejudice. W Eugene Smith: His Life and Photographs. Worldfamous biography by Ben Maddow; Afterword by John G. Morris. Here is the definitive book on Smith's life and work, containing his major photoessays, the portrait work, and spanning his brilliant career from his days aboard an aircraft carrier, through the breadth of Pittsburgh, to the human suffering explicit in his last great essay in Minanata. 250 duotone photographs, 10 X 13, 240 pages.

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Gift quality, Fine. Folio. 240 p. : ill. ; 34 cm. A superior copy in new condition. Clean, unmarked pages. Good binding and cover. Hardcover and dust jacket. Contents: The ... wounded angel : an illustrated biography / Ben Maddow --World War II --Postwar America --Abroad --After Life --Japan.<br><br> "Let Truth Be The Prejudice documents the life and work of W. Eugene Smith, a man whose work expanded the range and depth of photography, bringing new aesthetic and moral power to the photo essay. Smith was born in 1918 in Wichita, Kansas, and raised according to traditional American values, believing in the nobility of America and the injustice of war. He began taking pictures with his mother's camera while still a boy and continued this practice throughout his schooling. In 1937 his burning ambition took him to New York City, where his rise as a professional photographer was meteoric." Read more Show Less

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1st.ed. 1985 , Hardcover with the dust jacket in the publishers wrap , 240 pp. Numerous text and full page black and white photography .

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Let Truth Be The Prejudice. W Eugene Smith: His Life and Photographs. Worldfamous biography by Ben Maddow; Afterword by John G. Morris. Here is the definitive book on Smith's life and work, containing his major photoessays, the portrait work, and spanning his brilliant career from his days aboard an aircraft carrier, through the breadth of Pittsburgh, to the human suffering explicit in his last great essay in Minanata. 250 duotone photographs, 10 X 13, 240 pages.

This reprinting of Ben Maddow's clssic 1985 'illustrated biography' of this century's most richly problematic photojournalist a book full of ideas, insights, information, and fine reproductions now joins Jim Hughes's subsequent critical biography, Shadow and Substance, Gilles Mora and John T. Hill's just published W. Eugene Smith: Photographs 1934-1975, unfortunately out of print Master of the Photographic Essay, to constitute a substantial critical literature in book form on this germinal figure."

A.D. Coleman, ARTnews

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This survey of Smith's work is a particularly fine one, in terms of the reproduction quality, choice, and layout of images. The juxtaposition of picture groups seems to parallel the emotional upheavals and periods of calm in his life: World War II, rural America, Ku Klux Klan, Spain and Africa (Albert Schweitzer), the mammoth Pittsburgh project, gentle views from his Manhattan window, jazz artists, an unpublished Haiti essay, Japan (Minamata). The pictures (accompanied by lengthy quotations from Smith) speak eloquently of his vision, mission, and craftsmanship. Unfortunately, Maddow's essay adds far more than we need to know about Smith's personal relationships, by way of a tiresome pastiche taken from the thousands of documents at the Center for Creative Photography. (Maddow performed this same service in Edward Weston: fifty years ). The accompanying bibliography of photo essays and writings by and about Smith is very useful. Kathleen Collins, Library of Congress
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In this illustrated biography, Maddow (prize-winning poet, short-story writer, essayist, and critic of photography) presents Smith's major photo-essays and portrait work that span his brilliant career from his days aboard an aircraft carrier, through the breadth of Pittsburgh, to the human suffering explicit in his last great essay made in Minamata. He takes an unflinching look at the man whose achievements were realized at no small cost to himself and those around him, and looks at the muses and demons that drove Smith to the fulfillment of his dream of greatness. Beautifully illustrated in b&w. Oversize: 10.25x13<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780893811792
  • Publisher: Aperture Foundation
  • Publication date: 9/1/1985
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.38 (w) x 13.32 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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