This exhibition ended on 10 March 2019
A large retrospective exhibition of the Jewish Polish-American photographer David Seymour (1911-1956), also known by his nickname 'Chim', can be viewed at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam.
David Seymour was one of the greatest documentary photographers of the 20th century and, together with his friends Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, founded the photo agency Magnum Photos in 1947. His photography covers a period of almost 25 years, from the early 1930s to his sudden death in 1956, and shows the most violent events of that time: the great pre-war political demonstrations and strikes in France, the Spanish Civil War, and the reconstruction of a devastated Europe after the Second World War. In particular, photographs of children who were traumatised by the war attracted attention at the time. The modest Seymour stayed in the shadow of his famous friends for a long time and he was not well known to the general public. This surprising and impressive exhibition will certainly change this.
This exhibition is curated by the International Center of Photography in New York. It was made possible by The John and Anna Maria Phillips Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.
BankGiro Loterij - Edli Foundation - The Foundation for the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, Inc. - Jonas Daniël Meijer Fonds - Stichting Vrienden van het Joods Historisch Museum