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W. Eugene Smith

1918 - 1978

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William Eugene Smith (December 30, 1918 – October 15, 1978) was an American photojournalist. He has been described as "perhaps the single most important American photographer in the development of the editorial photo essay." His major photo essays include World War II photographs, the visual stories of an American country doctor and a nurse midwife, the clinic of Albert Schweitzer in French Equatorial Africa, the city of Pittsburgh, and the pollution which damaged the health of the residents of Minamata in Japan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of W. Eugene Smith has received more than 846,800 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). W. Eugene Smith is the 13th most popular journalist (up from 23rd in 2019), the 893rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,998th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Journalist.

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Among journalists, W. Eugene Smith ranks 13 out of 127Before him are Gerda Taro, Anna Politkovskaya, Sebastião Salgado, Julian Assange, John Reed, and Dorothea Lange. After him are Lee Miller, Beate Klarsfeld, Steve McCurry, W. T. Stead, Walker Evans, and Endre Ady.

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Among people born in 1918, W. Eugene Smith ranks 26Before him are Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, William Holden, Billy Graham, Chaim Herzog, Rosalia Lombardo, and Franco Modigliani. After him are Frederick Reines, Maurice Druon, James Tobin, Ernst Otto Fischer, Muriel Spark, and Kai Siegbahn. Among people deceased in 1978, W. Eugene Smith ranks 29Before him are Harold Lasswell, John Cazale, Harry Martinson, Houari Boumédiène, Claude François, and Norman Rockwell. After him are Herta Oberheuser, Jomo Kenyatta, Nazli Sabri, Ed Wood, Harvey Milk, and József Bozsik.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, W. Eugene Smith ranks 893 out of 18,182Before him are Al Jarreau (1940), Meg Ryan (1961), Dalton Trumbo (1905), Leon Festinger (1919), Stephen Covey (1932), and Steve Martin (1945). After him are Suzi Quatro (1950), Francis Peyton Rous (1879), Frederick Reines (1918), Steve Carell (1962), Anne Bancroft (1931), and Kevin Bacon (1958).

Among JOURNALISTS In United States

Among journalists born in United States, W. Eugene Smith ranks 4Before him are Anna Politkovskaya (1958), John Reed (1887), and Dorothea Lange (1895). After him are Lee Miller (1907), Steve McCurry (1950), Walker Evans (1903), Margaret Bourke-White (1904), Charles Dow (1851), Eddie Adams (1933), Edgar Snow (1905), and Joe Rosenthal (1911).