Edwin Smith

(1912—1971) photographer

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(1912–71), English photographer. As with a number of talented photographers of his generation, Smith saw himself more as a painter who had taken up the camera by chance. Trained as an architect, his first encounter with the medium came when he saw some of Atget's photographs as a student, and bought a Box Brownie with coupons from cornflake packets. It was soon replaced with a 1904 Ruby plate camera, used almost until his death. Highly successful as an architectural, landscape, and garden photographer, his studies for English Paris Churches (1952) are still in print. His work on the streets and people of Camden Town, and on the world of the fairground and circus, deserves to be better known.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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