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In 1957, W. Eugene Smith packed up a truck with all his work and belongings to a rundown loft building in Manhattan’s Flower District. For over a decade, he recorded -- in thousands of still photographs and endless hours of tape-recorded sound -- the daily life of the place. The Jazz Loft Series uses the audiotapes recorded by Smith (he wired the whole, 5-story building from the ground floor up) to explore the music, conversations, stories, dramas and characters. The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith, a documentary film produced by WNYC Studios in association with Lumiere Productions, is now available as a full-length feature film on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and more.
Smith had left a stellar career as LIFE Magazine photo essayist. His new project became this loft -- not fixing it up, but rather capturing it in all its musical, eccentric and beat-up detail.
The Jazz Loft Radio Series uses the audiotapes recorded by Smith (he wired the whole, 5-story building from the ground floor up) to explore the music, conversations, stories, dramas and characters that emerge from this 4,000-hour archive of material. The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith, a documentary film produced by WNYC Studios in association with Lumiere Productions, is now available as a full-length feature film and is available on iTunes, Amazone, Google Play and more.

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In 1957, W. Eugene Smith packed up a truck with all his work and belongings to a rundown loft building in Manhattan’s Flower District. For over a decade, he recorded -- in thousands of still photographs and endless hours of tape-recorded sound -- the daily life of the place. The Jazz Loft Series uses the audiotapes recorded by Smith (he wired the whole, 5-story building from the ground floor up) to explore the music, conversations, stories, dramas and characters. The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith, a documentary film produced by WNYC Studios in association with Lumiere Productions, is now available as a full-length feature film on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and more.
Smith had left a stellar career as LIFE Magazine photo essayist. His new project became this loft -- not fixing it up, but rather capturing it in all its musical, eccentric and beat-up detail.
The Jazz Loft Radio Series uses the audiotapes recorded by Smith (he wired the whole, 5-story building from the ground floor up) to explore the music, conversations, stories, dramas and characters that emerge from this 4,000-hour archive of material. The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith, a documentary film produced by WNYC Studios in association with Lumiere Productions, is now available as a full-length feature film and is available on iTunes, Amazone, Google Play and more.

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