Chim (David Seymour), November 20, 1911

Born in Warsaw, Poland on November 20th, 1911 Chim, Dawid Szymin, would have turned 114th, today. Known for his sympathetic and compassionate portraits of children and many outstanding photographic photo-essays, Chim build up a thriving career in photography and traveled extensively. In 1947 he co-founded Magnum Photos with his friends and fellow photographers Robert Capa, Henri-Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and William Vandivert. After Capa’s death in 1954, Chim became the new president of Magnum Photos. A position he fulfilled until his death on November 10, 1956 when an Egyptian machine-gunner killed him in the Suez.

Chim (David Seymour)
, [Actress Audrey Hepburn holding balloons on the set of Funny Face, Tuileries, Paris, France], 1956 (42.1990)

Chim (David Seymour), [Crowd listening to a speech by Socialist Pietro Nenni, Basilica di Massenzio, Rome], March 11, 1948 (2012.110.2)

Chim (David Seymour), [Children dancing, including a boy wearing a U.S. Navy sailors suit, Achusam, Israel], 1954 (698.1986)


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Assistant Curator, Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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