Lot 103
W. Eugene Smith

Dream Street, Pittsburgh, PA

Archival pigment print
4 x 6 inches
Sticker on verso signed by "Kevin Eugene Smith for Heirs of W Eugene Smith"
Magnum Square Print Sale in Partnership with Aperture Edition, donated anonymously

In 1955, after a pioneering run as a staff photographer for LIFE Magazine, W. Eugene Smith (1918–1978) was commissioned to spend three weeks in Pittsburgh and produce one hundred photographs for a book commemorating the city's bicentennial. Smith stayed fascinated with the city, compiling nearly sixteen thousand photographs for what would be the most ambitious photographic essay of his life. This hopeful and strangely bleak image is oddly rural-looking for mid–century Pittsburgh. A 1950s–era convertible beneath a canopy of trees, parked beside what looks like a country lane. Next to a mailbox is a black–lettered street sign reading, simply, "Dream."

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