In 1959, the photographer Eugene W. Smith, who had just left the Magnum Photos agency, plans to realise a “Big Book”, complete retrospect of his work that would reflect his philosophy of art and critique of the world. After 3 years of work, Smith presents three maquettes of 380 pages and 450 images to various publishers. Rejected as non-commercial, the “Big Book” was never published.
Five decades later, a facsimile of the “Big Book” from the photographic archives of the Center for Creative Photography of the University of Arizona, is published for the first time. With a supporting volumes composed of a variety of texts by critics and archivists, it represents to this day the most comprehensive catalogue of W. Eugene Smith’s work ever published.
Texts by John Berger.
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