There are a few photographers who I both admire and have been influenced by.
W Eugene Smith
According to Wikipedia, W. Eugene Smith 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 dedication of an American country doctor and a nurse midwife, the clinic of Dr Schweitzer in French Equatorial Africa, the city of Pittsburgh, and the pollution which damaged the health of the residents of Minimata in Japan. His 1948 series, Country Doctor, photographed for Life Magazine is now recognised as “the first extended editorial photo story”.
He dedicated his life to photography, perhaps in a way no other photographer has. To see his Wikipedia entry click here.
The picture above is from his “Country Doctor” photo essay published in Life magazine in 1948.