Photo Days

Where Photographs, Journalism, & a Smidge of Art Meet.

Littlest Survivor: Photo by W. Eugene Smith, 1943
At Saipan in 1943, hundreds of Japanese civilians committed suicide rather than surrender to the Americans. As the Marines were clearing hiding Japanese from local caves, they found this infant, wedged face-down in the dirt, under a rock, nearly dead. One of the famous images of World War II, W. Eugene Smith’s photo caught a rare moment of both brutality and gentleness that was unique in the annals of war photography.
  • 20 January 2012
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