Gene Smith’s Birthday

Dave Simonton sent me a reminder note this morning.  Smith was born December 30, 1918.  I spent a few minutes rummaging for something unique that I’ve never posted before.  Then I figured I couldn’t do much better than to re-post these two images of Smith, the first of him and Larry Clark in the loft in 1962, by Gernot Newman, and the second of him in Wichita in 1977, the year before he died, by Terry Evans.  He was 59 when he died.  He’d be 93 today.

Larry Clark and Gene Smith in 821 Sixth Avenue, 1962. Photo by Gernot Newman.

Larry Clark and Gene Smith in 821 Sixth Avenue, 1962. Photo by Gernot Newman.

Gene Smith in Wichita, 1977. Photo by Terry Evans.

Gene Smith in Wichita, 1977. Photo by Terry Evans.

-Sam Stephenson

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