William Eugene Smith (December 30, 1918 – October 15, 1978)
Gene Smith was an American photojournalist 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 visual stories of an American country doctor and a nurse midwife, the clinic of Albert Schweitzer in French Equatorial Africa, the city of Pittsburgh, and the pollution which damaged the health of the residents of Minamata in Japan.
His 1948 series, Country Doctor, photographed for Life, is now recognized as "the first extended editorial photo story". [from Wikipedia]
From “The Spanish Village” series
Hand-pulled dust-grained gravure,
housed inside cloth-covered portfolio boards
12.5 x 8.5 in.
Number 255 of an edition of 1,000
Signed & numbered by John G. Morris, agent for the heirs
Of Eugene Smith, on tissue guard colophon page