W. Eugene Smith: Pittsburgh, portrait of an industrial city

Children playing

For the first time in Italy the MAST Foundation is presenting an exhibition entirely dedicated
to the work of the American photographer W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), created starting in 1955 with work on Pittsburgh, (Pennsylvania, USA), the most famous industrial city of the early twentieth century.
The exhibition at MAST, curated by Urs Stahel, presents the core of this magnificent and painstaking work in the form of 170 vintage prints from the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Pittsburgh collection as well as others looking at the America of the fifties, between light, shadows and promises of happiness and progress.
As Urs Stahel explains “W. Eugene Smith fought to represent the absolute. Far from being content to document the world, he wanted to capture, to grasp at least in some images, nothing less than the very essence of human life”.

Mill Man Loading Coiled Steel

Smith was fascinated by the City of Steel, by the faces of the workers, by its streets, by the factories, by the infinite details and by the contradictions of the social fabric, meticulously recording them in order to present a fully rounded portrait of the city.
The selection of images displayed in the MAST Photo Gallery offers an intense and balanced picture of this project of which Smith himself, recognizing the difficulties encountered in presenting the contrasts of such a complex city in a single work, stated: “I think the main problem is that there is no end to a subject like Pittsburgh and there is no way of bringing it to fruition”.
The exhibition is curated by Urs Stahel and organized by the MAST Foundation in collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is open to the public until September 16, 2018.
For more information visit the site www.mast.org.

Girl leaning on a parking meter

City Housing