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Dr. Schweitzer in Africa with Worker

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W. Eugene Smith, Dr. Schweitzer in Africa with Worker, 1954, gelatin silver print, Bequest of Fae Heath Batten, © unknown, research required, 1997.58.120

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Title

Dr. Schweitzer in Africa with Worker

Artist

W. Eugene Smith (American, 1918-1978)

Date

1954

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 7 11/16 in x 6 in; sheet: 10 in x 8 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Bequest of Fae Heath Batten

Accession Number

1997.58.120

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

physicians

Description

Physician, missionary, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965) was the subject of the 1954 Life magazine story “A Man of Mercy.” The 25 published photographs, selected from more than four thousand made by W. Eugene Smith, depict the construction of a village in French Equatorial Africa (now Gabon) for people suffering from leprosy. This photograph, which appears above the title on the first page of the photo-essay, reinforces the image of Schweitzer as a leader—or even a savior. Schweitzer’s white pith helmet suggests a halo, while the silhouetted hand and saw in the lower-right corner—added later by Smith in the darkroom—further connects Schweitzer to concepts of Christian leadership.

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