Past Exhibition

David Seymour Retrospective Opens in Amsterdam

"Chim (David Seymour): Legendary Photojournalist" will be on view at the Jewish Historical Museum

David Seymour

David Seymour Children play among the wreckage of the D Day invasion. Normandy, France. 1947. © David Seymour | Magnum Photos

Later this month, a large retrospective exhibition of the late Magnum photographer and co-founder David ‘Chim’ Seymour’s iconic photographs will be on view at the Jewish Historical Museum, located in the former synagogue complex of the Ashkenazi Jewish community in Amsterdam. In 1947, along with friends and fellow photographers Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and George Rodger, Chim founded Magnum Photos. After David Rappaport – owner of the picture agency Rap – lent him a camera, Chim went on to shoot a story about night workers, and dedicated his life to photographing political events since the early 1930’s.

Having spent three years in the US Army from 1942, Chim was no stranger to life at the forefront of conflict. His photographic works are a record of significant and often tumultuous moments in history, including the pre-war political protests in France, coverage of the Spanish Civil War, the emergence of the State of Israel and touching images taken of children in Europe affected by the aftermath of the Second World War. Chim held the post of president of Magnum Photos and remained in this position until his death in 1956.


October 19, 2018 – March 10, 2019

General Entry:

11.00am – 5.00pm

Exhibition tickets can be purchased here

David Seymour Boy pulling a wagon in front of the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin, Germany. 1947. © David Seymour | Magnum Photos

This exhibition is curated by the International Center of Photography in New York and will feature a number of related talks and events:

Friday, October 19, 2018,

1.30 – 3pm –  Artist talk by Cynthia Young of ICP ’We went back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim.’ Language: English (free with entry ticket)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

2.30 – 4pm – Artist talk by Carole Naggar in the context of World Children’s Day. Language: English (free with entry ticket)

Sunday, December 16, 2018

2.30 – 3.30pm – Chim (David Seymour) – Legendary Photojournalist exhibition tour with photographer Michael Botman. Language: Dutch (free with entry ticket)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

2.30 – 3.30pm – Film screening: Cinema through the eye of Magnum. Language: English and French, with English subtitles (free with entry ticket)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

2.30 – 3.30pm – Gallery tour with curator Bernadette van Woerkom. Language: Dutch (free with entry ticket)

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