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Major Holdings

  • W. Eugene Smith, Tomoko in bath, 1972
  • W. Eugene Smith, [Maude Callen carrying crying baby up brick steps], 1951
  • W. Eugene Smith, The Spinner, 1950
  • W. Eugene Smith, One Rifleman's First Day of Glory: No Speeches, No Flags, No Glory, April 1945

W. Eugene Smith (1918–1978)


One of the most influential photojournalists of the twentieth century, American W. Eugene Smith created passionate photo essays. ICP's collection contains over 250 prints, including highlights from his most famous photo essays Spanish Village, Minamata, Pittsburgh, Nurse-Midwife, Country Doctor, and World War II. The majority of these prints were donated by Smith's estate, Time-Life, or Leslie Teicholz, Smith’s assistant.

Of particular note is a wealth of original research material donated by Smith's biographer, Jim Hughes. ICP is currently processing this voluminous body of work. The W. Eugene Smith/Jim and Evelyn Hughes Research Archive will be accessible to visiting researchers in the near future.