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Capturing History: The Photography of Chim

An exhibition at The Museum of the Jewish People in Israel showcases the work of David Seymour

David Seymour

David Seymour First child (Miriam Trito) born in the settlement of Alma. Eliezer Trito is in charge of the pipeline construction work which is going to bring water from a source 3 miles away. He is seen here wit (...)

Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People presents this retrospective on the life and work of Magnum photographer David ‘Chim’ Seymour. Born Dawid Szymin, later called David Seymour, but known professionally as Chim, he was a pioneer of a 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.


David Seymour German count and baron sitting on one chair in an apartment they now share. Hamburg, Germany. 1949. © David Seymour | Magnum Photos
David Seymour Tereszka, a child in a residence for disturbed children. She drew a picture of "home" on the blackboard. Poland. 1948. © David Seymour | Magnum Photos

Beit Hatfutsot
Tel Aviv University
29/03/2017 – 18/01/2018