W. Eugene Smith | The Walk to Paradise Garden, 1946
This is the first photograph that Smith took after two years of recuperation for injuries sustained while covering World War II. As he writes (collected in Art and Artist):
The children in the photograph are my children, and the day I made this photographic effort, I was not sure I would be capable of ever photographing again.
… I knew the photograph, though not perfect, and however unimportant to the world, had been held. Shock waves of feeling released through me, breaking damply out of my flesh…I was aware that mentally, spiritually, even physically, I had taken a first good stride away from those past two wasted and stifled years.