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David Chim Seymour

Photographer, photojournalist

1911 - 1956 American, born Warsaw, Poland

David Seymour known as Chim (pronounced shim) after his original Polish surname, was a pioneering photojournalist whose unapologetically compassionate work reflected both his deep-seated humanism and his belief in the unique ability of photography to awaken the public's conscience. - National Gallery of Art

His talent was apparent particularly in his photographs of children, which honestly render painful circumstances without resorting to sentimentality. Chim's intelligence, dedication, and wit set a high standard for photojournalism that has seldom been surpassed. - İnternational Center of Photography

After Robert Capa's death he became the new president of Magnum. He held this post until 10 November 1956, when, traveling near the Suez Canal to cover a prisoner exchange, he was killed by Egyptian machine-gun fire. - Magnum 


David Seymour (born Dawid Szymin;November 20, 1911 – November 10, 1956), or Chim (pronounced shim, an abbreviation of the surname "Szymin"), was a Polish photographer and photo journalist known for his images from the Spanish Civil War, for co-founding Magnum Photos with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and William Vandivert, and for his project "Children of War" with UNICEF that captured the plight of children in the aftermath of World War II. He became president of Magnum after Capa's death in 1954 and held this post until his own death in 1956 by Egyptian machine-gun fire in the aftermath of the Suez crisis.

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A Second Look: Chim’s Children of War
In 1948, Magnum photographer David Seymour 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.
Chim a vivid retrospective of Europe
History’s fickle nature has given Chim and George Rodger a back seat to their more celebrated colleagues and co-founders of Magnum Photos, Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
David “Chim” Seymour Retrospective at the ICP in New York
“We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933–1956 by Chim” – for long time expected exhibition of one of the most respected photojournalists of 20th century, will be presented at the International Center of Photography in New York from January 18 to May 5, 2013.
David Seymour’s children of war go on show for first time
Vintage photographs from David ‘Chim’ Seymour’s Children of Europe series will go on show for the first time in the UK at Magnum Print Room in London.
Picturing Misery: David Seymour’s ‘Children of Europe,’ 1948
As a new exhibition of David "Chim" Seymour's work opens at ICP in New York, presents page spreads from a December 1948 issue of LIFE magazine that featured his powerful work for UNICEF in post-war Europe.