• W. Eugene Smith

Last fall writer and documentarian Sam Stephenson published The Jazz Loft Project (Knopf), an extraordinary book collecting photographs shot by W. Eugene Smith between 1957 and 1965—the time he spent living at the famed loft at 821 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. Smith was a remarkable photojournalist who made his name with work in Life magazine, but in ’57 he sought refuge in the raw loft space after spending a frustrating three years on an unrealized project about Pittsburgh.