© David ‘Chim’ Seymour, 1948, Ruins of the Warsaw ghetto, Poland

Dawid Szymin, who was born in 1911 to a family of Polish Jewish intellectuals, chose his surname — Chim — in Paris where he started his career as a photojournalist in 1933. Later on he would anglicize his name to David Seymour.

During World War II he worked as a  photo-interpreter, then resumed his photography career in 1947, becoming one of the co-founders of Magnum Photos with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and George Rodger.

In the Spring of 1948, Chim was given a mission by the newly founded UNICEF: report on the fate of the 13 million children across Europe who have been left homeless and/or in dire need by the Second World War, and assess their progress through help that the organization provided in the form of shelter, meals, clothes and vaccinations. (read more)

Umbrage Editions is publishing a collection of his work, Children of War. An exhibition, We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim, at International Center of Photography in New York features 150 photographs by Chim taken between 1933 and 1956.

Peter Van Agtmael (Magnum Photos) wrote about this exhibition on NYT Lens Blog:

Excerpt: Chim’s pictures are often appreciative of humanity’s resilience. No doubt that is also part of the sadness of these images as well. And 56 years since Chim died, his photographs show the kind of man he was. For that, we all gain something.” (read more)

Exhibition dates:
Jan. 18 – May 5, 2013

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© David ‘Chim’ Seymour, 1956, Italian Political Rally (John G. Morris Collection)

"Chim gave me this photo of an Italian election rally–one of his favorite photos."
(John G. Morris)

As far as luminaries go in the world of photography, John G. Morris is Olympian. As the London photo editor of Life magazine during World War II, Morris worked closely with the likes of Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson to publish now-iconic images of Europe besieged. Later, in positions at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere, his discerning eye set the bar for topnotch photojournalism.

On April 30, 2011 Morris’s personal collection of photos went under the gavel at Paris’s Drouot-Montaigne auction house. (+)

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© David Seymour, ca. 1956-57, Richard Avedon & Fred Astaire, Tuileries Gardens, Paris

Richard Avedon, fashion photographer and technical director, advising Fred Astaire on his role as a photographer on the set of “Funny Face" (directed by Stanley Donen).

Fred Astaire’s character is based on photographer Richard Avedon. In fact, it is Avedon who set up most of the photography for this film, including the famous face portrait of Audrey Hepburn unveiled during the dark room sequence. Avedon intentionally overexposed the close-up of Hepburn’s face in which only her facial features—her eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth—are visible:

Find some interesting goofs and quotes on IMDb. (+, +).

25 years ago (June 22, 1987) the world lost the great Fred Astaire. May his soul rest in peace.

“Do it big, do it right and do it with style.” (Fred Astaire)

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© David ‘Chim’ Seymour, 1948, Elections at Children’s Town, Hajdúhadháza / Hungary

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” (Abraham Lincoln)

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