W. Eugene Smith

(American, 1918–1978)

the wake, spanish village by w. eugene smith

W. Eugene Smith

The Wake, Spanish Village, 1951

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Born in Wichita, Kansas
Studied photography at Notre Dame University in Wichita
Studied with Helene Sanders at the New York Institute of Photography
Began working for Newsweek
Joined the Black Star agency as a freelance photographer
1943 - 1944
Worked as a war correspondent for Flying magazine
1945 - 1947
Worked for Life magazine
Died in Tuscon, Arizona


Inner Journeys - Maison Particulière Art Center, Brussels
The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965 - Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith In Nyc, 1957-1965 - The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2012 - Forum für Fotografie, Cologne
W. Eugene Smith / Norton Photography Gallery - Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
William Eugene Smith - Pittsburgh, l'impossible labyrinthe (1955-1958) - Le Pavillon Populaire, Montpellier
The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965 - Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC
More Real than Reality - Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam
Living with the Dead: W. Eugene Smith and World War II - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
W. Eugene Smith - National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto
W. Eugene Smith: The Art of History - Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York City, NY
W. Eugene Smith - Robert Mann Gallery, New York City, NY
A Sense of Hope: The Photographs of W. Eugene Smith--Museum Techniques Student Exhibition - Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh Photographs - Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham, NC
2001 - 2002
Dream Street - W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh Photographs, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, PA; ICP, New York; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
1998 - 1999
W. Eugene Smith, Hôtel de Sully, Paris, France; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK; Pallazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy
W. Eugene Smith - Vintage Photographs - Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Public Collections

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, USA