Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quotes: W. Eugene Smith

From the book "dialogue with photography" by Paul Hill and Thomas Cooper.

Speaking about what he tried to do when making photographs during WWII.

"Your wrote that you felt the Japanese, as well as the Americans, were your brothers in your family."

Smith: "Yes. My private thoughts were that I wanted to use my photographs to make an indictment against war. I hoped that I could do it so well that it might influence people in the future and deter other wars."

"Do you think that as a little naive?"

Smith: Of coruse it was, but I still believe it. There are some things which you must attempt to do, even thou you know you're going to fail. Sometimes, enough can be done in small ways.