When I was a photo student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, we had a parade of photography legends come through and speak. But the god of gods was W. Eugene Smith. He’s considered to have produced several of the greatest photo stories ever published by LIFE magazine.
For us, he was the consummate blend of photo-journalist, fine print maker, and nutty artist. He was loaded with all of the usual problems a mad genius might have and we loved him for it.
And we were dopey twenty-year olds. (The question “why do…
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