W. Eugene Smith

WWII – Saipan 1945


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  • Author

    W. Eugene Smith
  • Title

    WWII – Saipan 1945
  • Year

  • Medium, material

    Gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions

  • 22.5 cm X 18 cm

Eugene Smith (1918–1978) was renowned American photographer, credited with the developing the photo essay to its ultimate form. He worked as freelance photographer for most famous photography agencies and periodicals (Magnum, LIFE, Sports Illustrated and others).

Vintage photo by W. Eugene Smith while covering the Pacific front with Life Magazine, Saipan 1945. Printed on October 27 in advance for the Life Magazine story that ran on Nov 03, 1945.
Caption reads: “Japanese civilians in Saipan use water from a well to wash themselves. Mixed bathing is accepted as natural by the Japanese”. Shot and printed in 1945.

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