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Boys in Albergo dei Poveri Reformatory, Naples, Italy, 1948

Boys in Albergo dei Poveri Reformatory, Naples, Italy, 1948

David Seymour (1911-1956), also known as Chim, was born in Warsaw, Poland, studied graphic arts in Leipzig, and then turned to photography in 1933. He continued  his studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1947, Chim co-founded Magnum, the international photojournalists’ cooperative, with his friends Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and William Vandivert.

As a photojournalist Chim 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 where  he served as a photo-interpreter with the U.S. Air Force in Europe.

His postwar series of photographs of the physically and spiritually maimed, entitled Children of Europe  attracted worldwide attention, was published in a book by UNESCO, and became part of the posthumous exhibit, Chim’s Children. Among his many other photographic essays are 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.