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"Reflections from the Heart: Photographs by David Seymour"
2006-03-18 until 2006-06-04
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, DC, USA

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, in partnership with the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Rochester and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), presents Reflections from the Heart, a survey exhibition of 75 photographs taken by founding Magnum photographer David Seymour, also known as Chim. Organized by Tom Beck, UMBC curator and leading scholar of Seymour’s art, the exhibition will be on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from March 18 through June 4, 2006.

This small retrospective is organized chronologically and showcases many of the photojournalistic black and white images for which Chim is best known. Also exhibited for the first time are several of Chim’s rare color images. A new publication, David Seymour (Chim) (Phaidon, Fall 2005), accompanies the exhibition and features text and captions by scholar and curator, Tom Beck. This is the first exhibition of Seymour’s work since the 1996 retrospective organized by the International Center of Photography, New York.

“Chim aimed to tell the heart-breaking and heart-warming stories of life through his photographs,” said Tom Beck, Chief Curator, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “His work was revolutionary at the time and still speaks today to those who encounter his images.”

When the political and economic upheaval in Europe in the 1930s dashed Seymour’s dreams of completing a science curriculum at the Sorbonne, he borrowed a camera from a family friend and between 1933 and 1956 helped redefine photojournalism. Seymour had no formal photography training, but his work was marked by an acute sense of history and the humanistic ideals of his time.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Dawid Szymin grew up surrounded by art, music and literature. After he moved to Paris in 1931, he soon became a photojournalist and adopted the professional moniker “CHIM,” a French phonetic abbreviation of his surname.


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