W. Eugene Smith's "Country Doctor" In LIFE: How Many Are Real Images?

Jan 8, 2013

W. Eugene Smith's iconic photographic essay "Country Doctor" for LIFE magazine has been published on their Web site to include some previously unpublished images. Smith spent a month in Kremmling, CO, photographing Dr. Ernest Ceriani. In light of a recently re-discovered interview published on LENS where Smith talked about regularly setting up photographs, one wonders how many - if any - of these images that have been sanctified over the decades as "documentary photojournalism" are "real" and how many were stage craft.