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In 1948, photographer David ‘Chim’ Seymour was commissioned by UNICEF to document the situation of children in five European countries that had been devastated by World War II.
This contact sheet contains photos of a young child, Elefteria as she receives her first pair of new shoes donated by UNICEF. Elefteria was the only child not evacuated from her remote village during the ravages of the civil war. Chim wrote his own caption for one of the pictures in this set: “For a long time four-year old Elefteria just stared at the new shoes. Finally, her grandmother was allowed to put them on her feet. Then the ice was broken. Elefteria ran through the village, laughing with delight. Her happiness was absolutely perfect.”
In 1947, along with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger, and William Vandivert, David ‘Chim’ Seymour founded Magnum Photos.