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Dream Street W Eugene Smiths Pittsburgh Photographs Born in 1918 Smith began his professional career at the young age of fourteen as a stringer for newspapers in Wichita Kansas his hometownBeauret et al 4 His worked earned him a scholarship to Notre Dame University but Smith left after only a year to pursue a career in New York City4 Soon after arriving in New York City Smith established himself as a photojournalist with his work appearing in Americas best- known magazines including Life Colliers and Harpers BazaarStephenson 17 By 1939 his work had yielded him a position as a full- time staff photographer for Life In 1941 though Smith resigned from his position at Life stating that he was disappointed with the quality of his assignments116 Smiths desire for more meaningful work took him to the front lines of World War where he spent two years photographing combat for the Ziff-Davis publishing company116 Three years after leaving Life he rejoined the staff as a war correspondent He spent 1944-1947 traveling through Guam Saipan Okinawa the Philippines and Iwo Jima until a shrapnel wound ended his wartime career117 Reluctantly Smith returned to Life and spent 1947-1954 working on more than 50 assignments that are considered to be major works in the history of photojournalism While abroad Smith cultivated the conviction that photojournalism should work in the service of social justice which is evident in his better-known works such as the Nurse Midwifeshowing nobility amidst racism and poverty and Country Doctor about a simple life dedicated to healingBeauret et al 7 Although he had gained fame and earned a high salary at Life he wasnt happy7 Smith constantly wrangled with editors for control over selection layout and captioning of his work7 Subsequently he left his position as staff photographer in 1954 and joined Magnum the photographers cooperative8 Shortly after joining the cooperative noted journalist and author Stefan Lorant approached Smith to illustrate a book that
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