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Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh Project

by Alan Trachtenberg

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Reviewed by Mr. Overeem (Language Arts)
In 1955, groundbreaking photojournalist Gene Smith was hired to create a photo essay documenting Pittsburgh's evolution from an environmental threat to a city of the future. Trouble was, Smith didn't quite see it the way his employers did, and a three-week project turned into an art statement of Joycean complexity, Herculean proportions, and Sisyphean patience. Smith "failed," but as the photographs herein will attest, he left behind fragments of stunning depth. This book made me want to buy a camera and learn to "see." ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393325121, Paperback)

Legendary photographer W. Eugene Smith's epic study of Pittsburgh in the 1950s.

In 1955, having just ended his high-profile but stormy career with Life magazine by resigning, W. Eugene Smith was commissioned to spend three weeks in Pittsburgh and produce one hundred photographs for noted journalist and author Stefan Lorant's book commemorating the city's bicentennial. Smith stayed a year, compiling nearly sixteen thousand photographs for what would be the most ambitious photographic essay of his life. But only a fragment of the work was ever seen, despite Smith's lifelong conviction that it was his greatest set of photographs. Now, in an astonishing, first-time assemblage, edited by Sam Stephenson, of the group of core pictures that Smith asserted were the "synthesis of the whole," we see a portrayal not just of Pittsburgh but also of America at mid-century by a master photojournalist. In his accompanying essay, Alan Trachtenberg provides a critical reading of Smith's photographs, assessing Smith's attempt to document visually an American city in the context of the time period. 175 duotone photographs

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