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  1. abraxas

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    I've been searching off and on for the work/name of a photographer that I heard was a member of the Magnum Agency maybe back when it started? Apparently he was commisioned to do some work for the city of Philadelphia for a celebration. He ended up spending three years and took over 22,000 photos driving the Magnum Agency into or near bankruptcy. Eventually the collection was pared down to 2,000 photos, still too many for display or a book. He also did incredible amounts of amphetemines and was rumored to stay up for days at a time with his assistant(s) drinking chemicals used in photo-processing. ~Or something like that~

    Enough clues? Anyone know of a name or link? I'd like to see some of his work.
     
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    I had went through the list awhile back but didn't remember the name. He's been dead a long time now.
     
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    That's the dude!

    I should have known better on the city. I looked up the name and knew you got it right when I seen this:

    http://noravr.blog.lemonde.fr/files...jet-pittsburgh-1955-de-e-smith.1173804156.jpg

    Thanks a million!

    -and I noticed all my facts and numbers are totally messed up :)

    Here's some of his work:
    http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=W. Eugene Smith&um=1&ie=UTF-8
     
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    Yep it's Smith he came to my fair city in a Benzedrine fueled haze and pretty much went insane shooting everything he could find. I went to an exhibition of his work that came to Pittsburgh and it was wonderful. I think he is a real example of using the darkroom the way alot of people frown on people for using PS. At times he would spend days straight trying to get one print right.

    A great book that went with the exhibition
    http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Street-...d_bbs_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207358002&sr=8-7
     
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    Thanks for bringing this guy up. What a photographer.
     
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    I watched part of a TV show where he was talked about for a bit last, maybe November or even October. Out of the dozen or so photographers mentioned, he was the one I kept thinking about. Succeed or fail, I admire people that find and follow their own path. I think his work is remarkable.
     

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