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Independents' Day

Working Life photo essay: Dr David Weinstein

A GP and photographer explain the idea behind their remake of an iconic photo essay that followed a family doctor in the 1940s

In the documentary photo series ‘Country Doctor’, published in Life magazine in 1948, photojournalist W Eugene Smith captured the working life of a family doctor in Colorado.

Six decades later, photographer Giovanni Tait and Dr David Weinstein undertook a similar exercise.

Dr Weinstein works most of the week as a GP in Brighton, but spends Friday afternoons as an A&E middle-grade doctor. ‘I was beginning to feel burnt out in primary care,’ he explains. ‘The balance keeps me sane.’

Mr Tait was struck by how his photo essay echoed the original: ‘Fundamentally the job has hardly changed.’

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  • Thank you for this. Your professional work is honorable, noble and valued.

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