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    Quote Originally Posted by payral View Post
    Available on Amazon.com
    Yep, guess its been re-released. Cool!

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    Which book about him can you recommend?
    The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands smell like fixing bath.

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    W. Eugene Smith: Shadow and Substance: The Life and Work of an American Photographer by Jim Hughes, published in 1989 by McGraw Hill and available used from several online booksellers. 600 pages of honest and extensively researched information about this complex and driven photographer. It's one of the best biographies of any photographer that I've read, far better than the film, Photography Made Difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmo View Post
    Which book about him can you recommend?
    Aperture also put out a book called "W. Eugene Smith : His Photographs and Notes" which is good ... obviously more visual than biographical.

    Just watched the movie again with my class - hah, it is a bit overdramatic but the interviews and such are interesting. I still love it for what it is.

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    Thanks for the hints :-)

    I found out that there is even a song about him:

    http://www.paultiernan.com/lyrics/th...ugenesmith.htm
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    I like the props in the film. Very realistic.

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    There is also an interesting 4 part "The lost pictures of Eugene Smith" video that I linked in the APUG video section under "Photographers". First part here:

    http://www.apug.org/forums/media.php?do=details&mid=83

    Unfortunately, embedding is disabled now on the video (it wasn't), so you can no longer watch it directly from APUG, but you can still use the link to go to the proper YouTube video channel to watch it, because it is still there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    W. Eugene Smith: Shadow and Substance: The Life and Work of an American Photographer by Jim Hughes, published in 1989 by McGraw Hill and available used from several online booksellers. 600 pages of honest and extensively researched information about this complex and driven photographer. It's one of the best biographies of any photographer that I've read, far better than the film, Photography Made Difficult.
    Jim, thanks for that, I could purchase the book from an american online retailer, and it arrived a few days ago. Since that day I am reading... you are right, this is an amazing book. The only downside is, that it is a biography and does not contain many photos.

    So, the next thing on my list is a book containing lots of photos... which do you guys think is a good choice and is printed well enough to show the beauty of Smith's often very dark photos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5stringdeath View Post
    Aperture also put out a book called "W. Eugene Smith : His Photographs and Notes" which is good ... obviously more visual than biographical.
    Aperture prints nice books

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    The Aperature book on W. Eugene Smith contains a nice selection of his images; but it doesn't give a true flavor of his work which is the photo essay. Therefore, I'd suggest a book on a specific topic such as "Dream Street" that explores the topic of Pittsburgh in depth.

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