For his groundbreaking 1948 life magazine photo essay, country doctor -- seen here, in its entirety, followed by several unpublished photographs from the shoot -- photographer w eugene smith spent 23 days in kremmling, colo, chronicling the day-to-day challenges faced by an indefatigable general practitioner named dr ernest ceriani.
Photographer w eugene smith became a war photographer for life magazine in 1942 though seriously wounded while photographing world war ii, he returned to photojournalism and made a big splash with this 1948 photo essay about the life of dr ernest ceriani, a practitioner in the small town of kremmling, colo. W eugene smith | country doctor dr ernest ceriani takes care of all the people in the town of kremmling and the 400 miles surrounding it kremmling, colorado, usa 1948 kremmling, colorado, usa 1948. Country doctor perhaps eugene smith’s most famous series of photos is the country doctor photo essay it’s the essay that established him as the master of that form, and set the standard for every photo essay to follow.
Nowhere was this clearer than in his landmark photo essay “country doctor” smith spent 23 days with dr ernest ceriani in and around kremmling, colo, trailing the hardy physician through the ranching community of 2,000 souls beneath the rocky mountains. Although lauded for his war photography, w eugene smith left his most enduring mark with a series of midcentury photo essays for life magazine the wichita, kans–born photographer spent weeks immersing himself in his subjects’ lives, from a south carolina nurse-midwife to the residents of a spanish village.
‘in 1984 w eugene smith made a photo essay for life magazine country doctor chronicles the ups and downs in the life of general practitioner dr ernest ceriani from colorado over 23 days’ (boothroyd 2014:49) smith’s photo-essay is a chronological depiction of an insider’s point of view as the photographer captures the daily routines of doctor cerani. For his groundbreaking 1948 life magazine photo essay, “country doctor” — seen here, in its entirety, followed by several unpublished photographs from the shoot — photographer w eugene smith spent 23 days in kremmling, colo, chronicling the day-to-day challenges faced by an indefatigable general practitioner named dr ernest ceriani. W eugene smith country doctor - life magazine 1948 the country doctor photo essay was an intimate portrait of life and death in the a small rural town of kremmling, colorado ernest ceriani was the doctor that smith shadowed for 23 days, capturing the drama in everyday events in the small town.
W eugene smith/life although 20 percent of americans live in rural areas only 9 percent of the nation's physicians practice there that's according to a 2004 study by the us department of health and human services. 'country doctor' was an instant classic when first published in life in 1948, establishing w eugene smith as a master of the photo essay. W eugene smith photographed this 1948 photographic essay for life magazine the article begins: the town of kremmling colorado, 115 miles west of denver, contains 1,000 people the surrounding area of some 400 square miles, filled with ranches which extend high into the rocky mountains, contains 1,000 more.
Across a dozen pages, and featuring more than 20 of the great w eugene smith' pictures, the story of a tireless south carolina nurse and midwife named maude callen opened a window on a world that, surely, countless life readers had never seen — and, perhaps, had never even imagined. 'in 1984 w eugene smith made a photo essay for life magazine country doctor chronicles the ups and downs in the life of general practitioner dr ernest ceriani from colorado over 23 days' (boothroyd 2014:49) smith's photo-essay is a chronological depiction of an insider's point of view as the photographer captures the daily routines of. William eugene smith (december 30, 1918 – october 15, 1978) was an american photojournalist, who 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.