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Author: Chris Wild
1930s British portraiture by renown photographer Edwin Smith
Hailed by poet Sir John Betjeman as a "Genius at photography" and by photographer Cecil Beaton as "An understanding and loving connoisseur of his subject," Edwin Smith captured the essence of the places, landscapes and buildings he photographed. Some of Smith's finest work is portraiture. For a short period he worked as a Vogue fashion photographer, but went later focused his lens on British communities comprised of miners, dockers and circuses. In the 1950s he was commissioned by Thames & Hudson for a series of books, among them English Parish Churches, English Cottages & Farmhouses, Scotland, England and The Living City: A New View of the City of London. His photos also featured in Shell Guides and numerous other publications. They illustrated books on subjects varying from Great Houses of Europe to The Wonders of Italy. On his death he left his 60,000 negatives to the Royal Institute of British Architects. Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith is currently exhibiting at RIBA in London.

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