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Exploring the ‘Country Doctor’ Photo Essay by W. Eugene Smith

By August 7, 2019 ASMP Legends

Screenshot of article on W. Eugene Smith posted at PDNPulseEditor’s Note: The late W. Eugene Smith was an ASMP Member.

Cross-posted from PDNPulse
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In 1948, W. Eugene Smith was commissioned by Life Magazine to profile Dr. Ernest Guy Ceriani, a traveling doctor who provided 24-hour care to residents of the small town of Kremmling, in the Rocky Mountains.

As Magnum notes, the series “is widely regarded as representing a definitive moment in the history of photojournalism.” Part of its power lies in Smith’s “wallpaper” approach to photography–he faded into the background so he could capture intimate moments.

Martin from All About Street Photography has produced this interesting exploration of the Country Doctor series for those who want to take a deeper dive into this iconic work.

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