David Seymour: Retrospective

April 3-September 14, 2014

Palazzo Reale – Turin, Italy

Text from book jacket of catalog produced for 2014 retrospective in Turin, Italy:

David “Chim” Seymour (1911-1956 was one of the most legendary photojournalists of the 20th century and cofounder of the Magnum agency with Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. For leading magazines like Life and Regards, he covered the most significant events of his time: the Spanish Civil War; the places and faces of a Europe ravaged by the Second World War; the hopes placed in the new Sate of Israel. He also documented a post-war Italy filled with contradictions: the rising stars of the Cinecittà Studios, the Vatican palaces and Venice, along with religious processions and the small rural schools scattered through the South. This volume traces the career of this extraordinary photographer through over 120 shots in black and white. A man who honestly captured the spirit of his time, backed by a strong social conscience, and always determined to be “in the middle of the action.”

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