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New reviews about the exhibition “Capturing History: The Photography of Chim”

Woman nursing a baby at a land reform meeting. Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain, April-May 1936. © David Seymour (CHIM) Estate/Magnum

Woman nursing a baby at a land reform meeting. © David Seymour (CHIM) Estate/Magnum

‘Capturing History: The Photography of Chim’ Review: The Past Made Personal / by William Meyers, The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2017

‘Capturing History: The Photography of Chim” is part of Magnum Photo’s 70th-anniversary celebration. In 1947, David “Chim” Seymour, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger founded the cooperative agency; great photojournalists, they wanted independence to pursue only the projects that truly interested them. In an era when most people depended on newspaper and magazine illustrations for a sense of what personalities and events looked like, Magnum produced many of the most memorable images.

Like Capa, Seymour (1911-1956) came to international prominence with his pictures from the Spanish Civil War. Capa’s “The Falling Soldier” (1936) established his reputation as a combat photographer. Similarly, Chim’s “Woman Nursing a Baby at a Land Reform Meeting Near Badajoz” (1936) was widely circulated; the woman, seen from above, is straining to understand what is being said and its relevance to the baby at her breast. Chim’s sympathy for her and her struggling apprehension informs the image; as always in his work, it is the face you remember… READ FULL REVIEW (PDF)

 

Tereszka, who group in a concertation camp draw a picture of "home". The picture was taken in a residence for disturbed children Poland, 1948. © David Seymour (CHIM) Estate/Magnum

Tereszka, who grew up in a concertation camp draw a picture of “home”. The picture was taken in a residence for disturbed children. Poland, 1948. © David Seymour (CHIM) Estate/Magnum

Unraveling a 70-Year-Old Photographic Mystery / by Carole Naggar, TIME Magazine

An extraordinary picture taken in 1948 by David ‘Chim’ Seymour, one of Magnum Photos’ co-founders, has since been seen by millions: first, it was published in LIFE magazine where the caption read in part “Children’s wounds are not all outward. Those made in the mind by years of sorrow will take years to heal.” Then it was selected by Edward Steichen for his legendary exhibition The Family of Man. This image of Tereska drawing her home has fascinated many and has become emblematic of World War II… READ FULL REVIEW

 

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