W. Eugene Smith: From Light into Darkness
August 30 – December 15, 2005 – SUArt Galleries
November 19, 2007 – March 20, 2008 – Palitz Gallery
Eugene Smith was a complex personality whose personal investment in his work made him a legendary photojournalist during the mid-20th century. His eye for composition and his sense of timing created some of the century’s most powerful photographs. Smith’s total self absorption enabled him to work long hours proofing and printing photographs that he then compiled into often gripping photo essays. Included in this exhibition of 30 photographs were several from his service as a World War II photographer in the Pacific theater, a group from a 1950s Life magazine photo essay on the rise of America’s chemical industry and a selection of images from his Pittsburgh project, a mammoth photographic investigation of the Steel City.