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W. Eugene Smith
Chalk Drawing on Pavement (reverse)
Gelatin silver print
13 ¢ x 10 3/8 in
Larry Gottheim, Be-hold, Inc
Courtesy of Larry Gottheim (Auction: March 13, 2008, 51, part 2 / lot 162)
From his "Pittsburgh Series." On a large mount with Estate stamp on verso, and various printed and written information. This is an Exhibition print. Although this was a subject found on a Pittsburgh pavement, those expecting more conventionally documentary subject matter from Smith will be surprised, but this has, to me, an interesting character that prefigures some much later photography. It's a portrait. Was Smith a master of blacks, or what?