Cornell Capa

For a quarter of a century, David Seymour, more familiarly known as
“Chim”, has been a valued part of my personal and professional life.  He
was a man who translated his deep human concerns into lasting images that
have become an important photographic record of the period from the 1930s
to his sudden death in 1956.
Chim was a deeply cultured, well-read, highly intelligent, and
very private person.  The emotions that were bottled up in him poured out
in his images of the Spanish Civil War; war-ravaged children; the living
rituals of religion; and the establishment of Israel.  At that time, in
1948, he wrote to his sister Eileen Shneiderman:  “It was like coming home
again.  It was like picking up the threads of my life, for which I had
been searching in vain on the heaps of rubble and ash in the ruins of
Together with his friends and colleagues, the late Werner Bischof
and Robert Capa, he evolved the founding principle that eventually led to
the creation of the International Center of Photography.
Now, with the publication of this portfolio we celebrate the
permanence of his vision and its contribution to our collective visual

Cornell Capa
Executive Director
International Center of Photography

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