William Eugene Smith was an American photojournalist born in Wichita, Kansas in 1918. He became famous with the amazing photographs he took on the front of World War II. He even got shot in 1945 while photographing battle conditions in Japan. He survived the attack and continued his work in the USA and other parts of the world.
Almost 30 years later his work brought him back to Japan. In 1972 W. Eugene Smith was almost killed near Tokyo. He was attacked by infuriated employees of the Chisso Company. They tried to stop him publish photographs of the effect of the rare Minamata disease. He survived the attack, but could not continue his work due to an eye injury. The great photographer died six years later in 1978 in Tuscon, Arizona.
Now that you know his intriguing history you are ready to take a look at his amazing photographs!
These were just six of the inspiring black and white photographs by W. Eugene Smith. In my opinion, they are the most creative ones. You might find some other great shots in the post 7 Lessons W. Eugene Smith Has Taught Me About Street Photography or in the collection in Magnum.
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