W. EUGENE SMITH
WALK TO PARADISE GARDEN
signed with a stylus on the image, mounted to black board, with credit, copyright, and reproduction rights in ink on the reverse, framed, 1946, probably printed circa1957 (Johnson 21:001)
15⅜ by 13¼ in. (39.1 by 33.7 cm.)
This photograph is in generally very good to excellent condition. Upon close inspection, a few small scratches are visible near the upper right edge and one near the lower right edge, some of which appear to break the emulsion. When examined in raking light, the following are visible: silvering in a thin band along the edges; and a slight unevenness to the paper along the center of the right edge, possibly a result of the mounting process. There are a few small losses along the edges which are mostly confined to the upper right and lower left corners.
There are tape remnants along the edge on the reverse of the mount. The annotation in ink on the reverse reads: 'Credit + Copyrigted / W. Eugene Smith / 821 Sixth Ave. / New York, N. Y. / May not be reproduced / without written permission / from W. Eugene Smith.'
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce. We base our dating on the fact that this print does not appear to fluoresce and on the studio address written on the reverse of the mount. W. Eugene Smith moved into his 821 Avenue of the Americas [Sixth Avenue] studio in 1957.
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