W. Eugene SMITH, (Welsh miners, Wales) Enlarge 1 /1

W. Eugene SMITH

United States of America 1918 – 1978

(Welsh miners, Wales) [(Welsh miners, Wales): from "A portfolio of ten photographs"] (1950)
Collection Title: A portfolio of ten photographs
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph on fibre-based paper gelatin silver photograph Impression: 21/25

Dimensions: printed image 24.6 h x 33.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.83.5

Smith came to prominence as a politically and socially committed photojournalist in the 1940s. Many of his emotionally charged images were carefully crafted into photoessays that appeared in Life, the leading picture magazine that had been launched in New York in 1936. Documentary features showing the dedicated work of ordinary people were particularly popular with readers. In 1950, he was sent by Life to the United Kingdom to cover the General Election. Three shots of valleys of South Wales were published including this one of three miners on their way home from work at the pit. It is characteristic of Smith’s classic documentary style: effective, theatrical and posed.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Smith came to prominence as a politically and socially committed photojournalist in the 1940s. Many of his emotionally charged images were carefully crafted into photoessays that appeared in Life magazine. Features showing the dedicated work of ordinary people were particularly popular with readers. In 1950, he was sent by Life to cover the United Kingdom general election. Three shots taken in South Wales were published, including this one of three miners on their way home from work. It is characteristic of Smith’s classic documentary style: effective, theatrical and posed.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra