W Eugene Smith quotes

In 1944, from Saipan, an island in the western Pacific Ocean, “… each time I pressed the shutter release it was a shouted condemnation hurled with the hope that the pictures might survive through the years, with the hope that they might echo through the minds of men in the future-causing them caution and remembrance and realization.” Later, he said, “I would that my photographs might be, not the coverage of a news event, but an indictment of war-the brutal corrupting viciousness of its doing to the minds and bodies of men; and that my photographs might be a powerful emotional catalyst to the reasoning which would help this vile and criminal stupidity from beginning again.”

“Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes-just sometimes-one photograph or a group of them can lure our senses to awareness. Much depends on the viewer; in some, photographs can summon enough emotion to be a catalyst to thought. Someone-or perhaps many-among us may be influenced to heed reason, to find a way to right that which is wrong, and may even search for a cure to an illness. The rest of us may perhaps feel a greater sense of understanding and compassion for those whose lives are alien to our own. Photography is a small voice. I believe in it. If it is well conceived, it sometimes works.”

In 1944, from Saipan, an island in the western Pacific Ocean, “… each time I pressed the shutter release it was a shouted condemnation hurled with the hope that the pictures might survive through the years, with the hope that they might echo through the minds of men in the future-causing them caution and remembrance and realization.” Later, he said, “I would that my photographs might be, not the coverage of a news event, but an indictment of war-the brutal corrupting viciousness of its doing to the minds and bodies of men; and that my photographs might be a powerful emotional catalyst to the reasoning which would help this vile and criminal stupidity from beginning again.”

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2 Responses to “W Eugene Smith quotes”

  1. You’re right, Mike. I’m English. I’m From the sunny old Manchester

    Here’s a nice essay by Smith that I always dip in to

    http://www.jnevins.com/smithreading.htm

    Keep shooting

    Sean

  2. Sean

    It took a few moments to pick up the reference to Manchester – I visit fairly regularly as we have an office on your side of the Pennines.

    Thanks for the link to the essay – much appreciated.

    Mike

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