This hand-pulled dust-grain photogravure is printed by master photogravure printer Jon Goodman and is accompanied by a signed and slipcased copy of W. Eugene Smith: Master of the Photographic Essay.
William Eugene Smith (born in Wichita, Kansas, 1918; died in Tucson, Arizona, 1978) took his first photographs at the age of fifteen for two local newspapers. In 1936 Smith entered Notre Dame University in Wichita, where a special photographic scholarship was created for him. A year later he left the university and went to New York, and after studying with Helene Sanders at the New York Institute of Photography in 1937 he began working for News-Week (later Newsweek), then worked as a war correspondent for Flying mgazine and Life, before finally becoming a full member of Magnum Photos in 1957. His archives are held by the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona. Today, Smith's legacy lives on through the W. Eugene Smith Fund to promote "humanistic photography," founded in 1980, which awards photographers for exceptional accomplishments in the field.