Chim (David Seymour) – Legendary Photojournalist

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Jewish Historical Museum

Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
1011 PL Amsterdam

October 19, 2018 to March 10, 2019

From 19 October 2018, a large retrospective exhibition of the Jewish Polish-American photographer David Seymour (1911-1956), also known by his nickname ‘Chim’, can be viewed. David Seymour was one of the greatest documentary photographers of the 20th century and, together with his friends Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, founded the photo agency Magnum Photos in 1947. His photography covers a period of almost 25 years, from the early 1930s to his sudden death in 1956, and shows the most violent events of that time: the great pre-war political demonstrations and strikes in France, the Spanish Civil War, and the reconstruction of a devastated Europe after the Second World War. In particular, photographs of children who were traumatised by the war attracted attention at the time. The modest Seymour stayed in the shadow of his famous friends for a long time and he was not well known to the general public. This surprising and impressive exhibition will certainly change this. The exhibition has been put together by the International Center of Photography in New York.

Carole Naggar’s article published in The New York Review of Books

Related Events
  • Opening: Friday 19 October 2018, 13.30 – 15.00  | Lecture: We went back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim 
    Lecture by Cynthia Young of ICP. Language: English
  •  Tuesday 20 November 2018, 14.30 – 16.00 | Lecture: Children of War 
    Lecture by Carole Naggar in the context of World Children’s Day. Language: English
  • Sunday 16 December 2018, 14.30 – 15.30 | Close Looking with photographer Machiel Botman
    Special tour through the exhibition. Language: Dutch
  • Sunday 3 February 2019, 14.30 – 15.30 | Gallery Walk with Bernadette van Woerkom
    Tour with curator Bernadette van Woerkom. Language: Dutch


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