Chim: UNICEF’s first international photographer

In 1948, Photographer David ‘Chim’ Seymour chronicled the situation of children in five European countries that had been devastated by World War II. The new book Chim: Children of war showcases the powerful images that set a standard for photographic advocacy for children.

Chim’s “Children of Europe”

A founding member of Magnum Photos with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and George Rodger, Chim was sent to five countries of Europe in the Spring of 1948 as a special consultant to UNICEF. He went to Austria, Greece, Italy, Hungary and Poland and recorded UNICEF’s action on behalf of the 13 million children who were victims of war. But during the six months of his assignment, he also painted a broader picture of the children. These are some of his photographs.

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