(Children playing among the wreckage of the D-Day invasion. Normandy, France, 1947. © David Seymour (CHIM) Estate/Magnum)
The Photography of Chim
Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People is proud to present this retrospective on the life and work of Chim, one of the greatest photojournalists of the first half of the twentieth century. Born Dawid Szymin, later called David Seymour, but known professionally as Chim, he was a pioneer of this golden age in political photojournalism.
Founder of Magnum Photos with long-time friends Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, Chim took portraits of leaders, artists and intellectuals that appeared in the world’s leading magazines. His depictions of the Spanish Civil War, Europe devastated by World War Two, and the first years of the State of Israel helped form the collective memory of the twentieth century. These iconic photographs reflect Chim’s technical expertise and visual intuition, but also the compassion, humanism and optimism that characterize his work.
A highlight of this exhibition are Chim’s stunning photographs of the young State of Israel, including color works on display for the first time. Other features include personal items from the estate of Chim, who was killed in 1956 while covering the Suez Crisis.
Chief Curator: Dr. Orit Shaham-Gover
Exhibition Curator: Asaf Galay
Exhibition Director: Michal Houminer
Design and Production:
Architect: Ori Glazer
Graphic Designer: Onna Segev
Interior Designer: Lia Eleonora Fang
This exhibition was developed in collaboration with Helen Sarid and Ben Shneiderman, Chim’s niece and nephew.
We thank Magnum for their assistance with this exhibition as part of their 70th anniversary celebrations.
Watch the video “Chim: UNICEF’s first international photographer”, narrated by Carole Naggar (Courtesy of UNICEF):
Browse the following photo galleries, for a variety of Chim’s photos included in the exhibition:
The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
After World War II 1947-1949
The Children of Europe 1947-1948
Chim and the Stars 1952-1956
The Jewish State 1951-1956
Epilogue – The Sinai War 1956
Exhibits and Documents