The W. Eugene Smith Collection are images that were given to Robert S. Harrah as a gift in 1949. They are originals from Gene Smith's darkroom in New York City. The collection was recently appraised by Penelope Dixon & Associates, Miami, FL. Condition reports were completed by Barbara Pope, Registrar, Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), San Diego, CA. Many of the images were published in Life Magazine in the "Hard Times on Broadway" and "Country Doctor" essays. Mr. Harrah donated nine of the prints from his original collection to MOPA in 1983 and are a part of their permanent collection. These 7 prints are all in very good condition. They are currently available for sale. Contact us for details.
The Robert S. Harrah Collection contains hundreds of images created from 1945 to 1989. Bob Harrah was the assistant to W. Eugene Smith (WES) from 1948 to 1949. He accompanied WES on many Life Magazine projects including "Death of a Salesman", "Country Doctor" and "Hard Times On Broadway". Bob's work stands on it's own and includes images of many of the same people and places that were captured by WES. It also includes his independent work with subjects Sammy Davis Jr., Igor Stravinsky, the cast of South Pacific, Stan Kenton and many more. His images were published in Esquire Magazine, Huete and U.S. Camera. After leaving WES in 1949 Bob contnued to take photos of various subjects from surfing to landscapes.