Just because we visited the photo expo ‘More Real than Reality’ of photographer W. Eugene Smith. Smith can be seen as the founder of the photo essay and is considered one of the masters of modern photojournalism. He created some of the most wellknown images of war ever made, published in Life magazine. Smith black and white photo’s are known because of the strong complicity and the actual social themes.Amsterdam based photomuseum FOAM (www.foam.nl) shows his most important series including The Country Doctor (1948), the photo (of which he says it’s his best) of his children and others.
The Country Doctor can be seen as the first photo-storie in journalism. Other series FOAM offers are Nurse Midwife, A Man of Mercy, Spanish Village, Pittsburgh en Minamata.
More Real than Reality can be seen untill march 16, 2011
Smith said ones: “Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes-just sometimes-one photograph or a group of them can lure our senses to awareness. Much depends on the viewer; in some, photographs can summon enough emotion to be a catalyst to thought. Someone-or perhaps many-among us may be influenced to heed reason, to find a way to right that which is wrong, and may even search for a cure to an illness. The rest of us may perhaps feel a greater sense of understanding and compassion for those whose lives are alien to our own. Photography is a small voice. I believe in it. If it is well conceived, it sometimes works.”
Smith died in Tucson, Arizona on October 15, 1978.