W. Eugene Smith: A Life in Photography

Tokyo Photographic Art Musem

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[Image: The Walk to Paradise Garden, 1946 © 2017 The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith]

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W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) is one of the greatest documentary photographers in the history of photography. He published many excellent photo-essays such as “Country Doctor,” “Spanish Village,” “Nurse Midwife,” and “A Man of Mercy,” mainly in the graphic magazine “Life,” leaving the mark of his distinguished achievements in photojournalism.
Smith had particularly close relations with Japan. At the age of seventeen, he was deeply impressed by pictures taken by a Japanese-American photographer whom he met by chance in New York, later describing this as an unforgettable event formative to his becoming a photographer. During World War II, he served as a war correspondent in the Pacific theater, showed the real merciless horrors of war to the world with his pictures, and was seriously injured himself in the Battle of Okinawa. On Japan’s recovery after the war, Smith documented the giant corporation Hitachi as a symbol of the remarkable rebuilding of Japanese economy. He also covered dreadful environmental impact as the other side of this rapid economic growth, standing by the victims of the pollution-caused disease in the fishing village of Minamata.
This retrospective exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of W. Eugene Smith’s birth. Here, 150 highly-valuable vintage prints are on exhibit thanks to the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography, in which Smith deposited his works, negatives and other resources during his lifetime. This is a chance for us - people living in a contemporary world flooded with information - to look back at W. Eugene Smith’s landmark works in photojournalism.
Venue: Tokyo Photographic Art Museum B1F

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Panel Talk on W. Eugene Smith
Date: Dec. 3 (Sun) 14:00-15:30 (doors open: 13:30)
Speakers: Kevin Smith (W. Eugene Smith’s Son), Aileen M. Smith (Co-author of “Minamata”), Rebecca Senf (Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona)
Moderator: Yoshio Tokuyama (Journalist)
Capacity: 190
Venue: 1F Hall, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
Admission: Free (exhibition admission tickets required)
*Event in English and Japanese
*Numbered admission tickets distributed from the information counter from 10:00 on the day of the event



from November 25, 2017 to January 28, 2018
Closed from Dec. 29 (Fri) to Jan. 1 (Mon). Opens 11:00-18:00 on Jan. 2 (Tue) and Jan. 3 (Wed). Open on Jan. 8 (Mon) but closed Jan. 9 (Tue).


W. Eugene Smith



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