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Heroes of Hell Hole Swamp: Photographs of South Carolina Midwives by Hansel Mieth and W. Eugene Smith

Heroes of Hell Hole Swamp: Photographs of South Carolina Midwives by Hansel Mieth and W. Eugene... essay .................... Heroes of Hell Hole Swamp Photographs of South Carolina Midwives by Hansel Mieth and W. Eugene Smith by Dolores Flamiano The notoriously selfcritical W. Eugene Smith considered "Nurse Midwife" his most successful essay. He later wrote about Maude Callen (here with a patient, 1951): "Tears cut deeply and hot through me. No story could translate justly the life depth of this wonderful, patient, directional woman who is my subject-- and I love her, do love her with a respect I hold for almost no one." Unless otherwise noted, all photographs copyright 1940, 1951 Life Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. The copyright holder has denied the Publisher permission to post this image online. n 1940, Life photographer Hansel Mieth traveled to Hell Hole Swamp, an impoverished and predominantly African American community in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where she photographed doctors, nurses, midwives, and patients in a remote rural clinic. The published photo-essay, "Birth Control: South Carolina Uses It for Public Health" (1940), combined two of Mieth's passions: medical progress and race relations. She had envisioned the story as a profile of Pat Clark, the African American nurse who was her guide and became her http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Heroes of Hell Hole Swamp: Photographs of South Carolina Midwives by Hansel Mieth and W. Eugene Smith

Southern Cultures , Volume 17 (2) – May 27, 2011

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essay .................... Heroes of Hell Hole Swamp Photographs of South Carolina Midwives by Hansel Mieth and W. Eugene Smith by Dolores Flamiano The notoriously selfcritical W. Eugene Smith considered "Nurse Midwife" his most successful essay. He later wrote about Maude Callen (here with a patient, 1951): "Tears cut deeply and hot through me. No story could translate justly the life depth of this wonderful, patient, directional woman who is my subject-- and I love her, do love her with a respect I hold for almost no one." Unless otherwise noted, all photographs copyright 1940, 1951 Life Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. The copyright holder has denied the Publisher permission to post this image online. n 1940, Life photographer Hansel Mieth traveled to Hell Hole Swamp, an impoverished and predominantly African American community in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where she photographed doctors, nurses, midwives, and patients in a remote rural clinic. The published photo-essay, "Birth Control: South Carolina Uses It for Public Health" (1940), combined two of Mieth's passions: medical progress and race relations. She had envisioned the story as a profile of Pat Clark, the African American nurse who was her guide and became her

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 27, 2011

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