W. Eugene Smith Microscopes, The Leper Village
Medium Vintage Gelatin Silver Print
Photo Date 1954 Print Date ca. 1955
Dimensions 9.3 x 11.3 in. (236 x 287 mm)
Photo Country Japan
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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About This Image
One image from a powerful photo-documentary series by Smith on Albert Schweitzer's work in Lambaréné, in French Equatorial Africa, for LIFE Magazine: "Man of Mercy," November 1954. Schweitzer's extensive work there (he founded a hospital, acted as surgeon, was a pastor, and had numerous other roles) was aided by his monetary gift of the Nobel Peace Prize, which he received the year before this picture was taken. With the money, Schweitzer began Lambaréné's Leprosarium, pictured.
Estate stamp on print verso. Printed by Smith ca. 1955.
Image is also reproduced in "Master of the Photographic Essay: W.Eugene Smith," Aperture,
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