David "Chim" Seymour

  • Biography

    David Seymour, CHIM, legendary photojournalist and co-founder of Magnum Photos, produced some of the most memorable photos of the 20th century. Born in Warsaw, Poland, he studied graphic arts in Leipzig, and then turned to photography in 1933 during the continuation of his studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. He covered many important political events for leading magazines including Life, beginning with the Spanish Civil War. At the outbreak of World War II he made his way to New York. During the war he served as a photo-interpreter with the U.S. Air Force in Europe. In 1947, CHIM co-founded Magnum, the international photojournalists’ cooperative, with his friends Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and William Vandivert. His postwar series of photographs of the physically and spiritually maimed “Children of Europe” attracted worldwide attention, was published in a book by UNESCO, and became part of the posthumous exhibit, “CHIM’s Children.” The sympathetic and compassionate portraits of these small victims of war led a friend to note that to CHIM, wars were an enormous crime against children. Fluent in several languages, with deep affinities for many countries and peoples, CHIM was truly international. Among his many photographic essays are outstanding portraits of Audrey Hepburn and Pablo Picasso. CHIM was killed at Suez, while photographing for Newsweek, by an Egyptian machine-gunner in 1956, four days after the Armistice was signed.
    – Ben Shneiderman and Helen Sarid, nephew and niece of David Seymour

  • Exhibitions

    ISREALITIES: Seven Photographic Journeys – Jewish Museum of Basel, Switzerland, March – July 2019
    Chim (David Seymour) – Legendary Photojournalist – Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 2018 – March 2019
    Framing Community: 1947-Present – New York, New York, October 2017
    Capturing History: The Photography of Chim – Tel Aviv, Israel, March 2017 – July 2018
    Children’s World – Magnum Print Room, London, November 2016 – January 2017
    D17 Gallery – Art Market, Budapest, Hungary, October 2016
    “Le Front Populaire” at City Hall, Paris, May – July 2016
    Citizen of the World – Lodz Fotofestival, Poland, June 2016

    2011 to 2015:
    La Nascita di Magnum, Cremona/Museo de Violino, October 31st – February 8th, 2015
    InVisible Scars – Children and War in the Photos of David “CHIM” Seymour, The Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Gaylord Library, opened November 12, 2013
    David Seymour: Retrospective, April 3-September 14, 2014, Palazzo Reale – Turin, Italy
    The Mexican Suitcase, Museo San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico, October 8, 2013–February 9, 2014
    David Seymour (CHIM): A Celebration of Chim, Leica Gallery, Washington, DC, September 7 – late October, 2013
    La Valise Mexicaine, Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, France, February 27 – June 30, 2013
    We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by CHIM, January 18-May 5, 2013, International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 +1- 212.857.0000 www.icp.org
    An exhibition co-hosted by Galerie Walter Keller, Zurich, and Galerie ° CLAIR, Saint-Paul de Vence, Anna-Patricia Kahn.Location:Galerie Walter Keller, Oberdorfstrasse 2, 8001 Zurich, Opening: February 4, 2013, 18:30, Duration: February 7 – March 30, Th + Fr 12:00 – 18:00, Sa 12:00 – 17:00.
    CHIM Rediscovered / CHIM retrouvé, December 22, 2012 – January 27, 2013, CLAIR Galerie, 1, rue de la Tour, 06570 St. Paul de Vence, Nice, France +33 664 757 789
    CHIM/Gamboa Exhibition: The Mexican Connection, at El Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, December 9, 2010 – March 6, 2011, Information in Spanish, plus 9 minute video tour of the exhibit opening.
    CHIM retrospective at the Jewish Museum in Brussels – October 29 to February 27, 2011
    2006 to 2010:
    The Mexican Suitcase, ICP Museum – September 24, 2010 – January 9, 2011
    DeYoung Museum (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)CHIM: The Photography of David Seymour (1911 – 1956) September 29, 2007 – February 24, 2008, Includes video tour of exhibit by curator Robert Johnson, Online exhibit shows all 77 prints, Press here for photos from the opening
    Photographs by David Seymour (Selections from George Eastman House) May 11 – September 9, 2007, International Center of Photography, New York
    Reflections from the Heart, is an unprecedented exhibition, on view January 20, 2007 – Sunday, April 22, 2007 at the George Eastman House
    Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery Presents: Reflections from the Heart, September 11 – December 10, 2006
    Corcoran Gallery of Art exhibit “Reflections from the Heart” (Mar-June 2006)
    Susan Stamberg review Corcoran show on National Public Radio (Mar 23, 2006)
    Menachem Wecker reviews CHIM’s work in Forward (Feb 10, 2006)

    2005 and earlier:
    “Close Enough” exhibit in 1999 at Art Gallery of the University of Maryland, College Park.
    Curator Terry Gips writes about CHIM for “Close Enough” exhibit 1999 at Art Gallery of the University of Maryland, College Park
    CHIM: The Photos of David Seymour exhibit in 1996 at the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York. ICP’s collections contain a large archive of vintage CHIM materials. Their major retrospective exhibit led to an extensive website. ICP also presents a web biography of CHIM
    “Chim’s Children: Photographs by David Seymour” exhibit in 1957 at the Art Institute of Chicago

Showing all 12 artworks

  • David "Chim" Seymour

    Arturo Toscanini playing piano in his home, Italy, 1954
    20 x 30 cm Framed: 40 x 50 cm silver gelatin print $1,800.00
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    Watch on the border, Israel, 1953
    35.6 x 27.9 cm silver gelatin print $2,800.00
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    Wedding under an improvised wedding canopy made with guns and pitchforks, Israel, 1952
    27.9 x 35.6 cm silver gelatin print Sold
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    First child born, Alma, Israel, 1951
    27.9 x 35.6 cm silver gelatin print $1,800.00
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    Dancing girls, Venice, Italy, 1950
    30 x 20 cm Framed: 50 x 40 cm silver gelatin print $1,800.00
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    Boys in Albergo dei Poveri reformatory, Naples, Italy, 1948
    20 x 30 cm Framed: 40 x 50 cm silver gelatin print $1,800.00
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    Girl drawing on a blackboard, Poland, 1948
    30 x 24 cm silver gelatin print $1,800.00
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    Picasso and detail of "Guernica", in his studio, Paris, 1937
    30 x 20 cm Framed: 50 x 40 cm silver gelatin print $1,800.00
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    Anti-war rally, St. Cloud, Paris, 1936
    20 x 30 cm Framed: 40 x 50 cm silver gelatin print $1,800.00
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    Soldier, Ernst Thaelmann brigade, Republic of Spain, Spanish Civil War, 1936
    30 x 20 cm Framed: 50 x 40 cm silver gelatin print $1,800.00
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    Cannons, Spanish Civil War
    20 x 30 cm Framed: 40 x 50 cm silver gelatin print $1,800.00
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    22 x 31 cm gelatin silver print $1,300.00