1918: Born December 30, Wichita, Kansas. 1924-1930: Attended Catholic parochial school; fascinated by subjects of history and biography from age of eight. 1930-1935: Through junior year, attended Catholic high school. In early grades, photography first employed to aid in drawing maps for class assignments.
Gene Smith first used his camera at age fourteen for aerial photography. Within a year he turned himself into a pursuer of current events, a reporter for the Wichita Eagle and Beacon. These were provincial heartland papers informing those heirs of the pioneers, who, invading that 'dark and bloody ground,’ had penetrated to our Middle West a century before.
THIS BIBLIOGRAPHY is selective with the exception of that for Life 1938-1954, which includes picture essays, stories, and single photographs. Instead of a list of exhibitions, the bibliography of Life has been made comprehensive. Reprints of photographs by Life, particularly out of the context of the original essay or story, have been omitted.