© 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)
Jan. 18 – May 5, 2013
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