Swimming with the Razorfishes

Friday, September 17, 2004

Oh, very exciting. The International Center of Photography's Looking at LIFE exhibition has the full W. Eugene Smith Spanish Village spread, as well as original Smith prints of the same negatives.

Smiths photography can be difficult; he lit, shot, and printed his photos in a high-drama, Renaissance painterly style, and his inner demons often pushed him to photograph disturbing things. But his photos are gripping, and his prints are truly sublime.

Seeing his prints alongside the prints created by LIFE's staff in their darkroom, you can really see why Smith fought tooth and nail for creative control. He had a singular vision.

The Times is running an article about the exhibition, which opens today. ICP is on the corner of 43rd Street and 6th Avenue, in New York City.

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