Photographs copyright the estate of W. Eugene Smith 2013 co-published by University of Texas Press, Austin & Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
W. Eugene Smith’sThe Big Book is a very interesting and unusual three volume set that includes a two volume facsimile of the maquette (book dummy) developed by Smith in 1960 and a third volume with supporting essays, reference photographs and information about the maquette.
The Big Book maquette spans the majority of the late W. Eugene Smith’s oeuvre, an American photojournalist (b. 1918 – d. 1978 ) who developed the concept for the photo-essay. Smith was a perfectionist with a thorny personality, who set the standard for the photo-essay high for future generations of photographers.
The Center for Creative Photography (CfCP) at the University of Arizona has possession of the W. Eugene Smith archive. It is the location of the original The Big Book maquette…
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