Author: Beck, Tom
Brand: Phaidon Press
Number Of Pages: 128
Release Date: 01-01-2005
Details: Product Description An accessible monograph on the work of David Seymour (1911–56), the Polish-born American photojournalist, who used his camera to record the political upheavals and social change of the 1930s. Known by his pseudonym, Chim, Seymour was a practitioner of concerned photography and his images provide an eloquent testimony to the strength and vulnerability of humankind. He became known for his sensitive documentation of war and its devastating effects on its victims, especially children, and his documentation of the Spanish Civil War established him as one of history’s finest photojournalists Synopsis David Seymour, or Szymin, was born in Warsaw in 1911, the son of a Polish publisher. In 1929 he studied graphic arts and photography at the academy in Leipzig, where he specialized in the new techniques of printing pictures in colour. In 1931 he moved to Paris to study sciences at the Sorbonne but with the political problems that developed in Poland he was advised to take up photography by David Rappaport, founder of the Rap agency, who in 1932 provided him with his first 35 mm camera. He began to contribute to magazines such as Vu, Regards and Ce Soir, travelling throughout Europe to capture significant events that have left their mark on much of the history of the twentieth century. He travelled to Spain in 1936 to cover the Civil War, and in his photographs of the plight of the civilian population he achieved some of his finest work This book covers the full range of Seymour's career, from early photos of unrest in France for European and American magazines to his UNICEF-sponsored study of children in postwar Europe, which attracted worldwide attention. Among his many photographic essays are outstanding portraits of personalities such as Bernard Berenson who were treated with the same intensity as anonymous sitters. A founder member of Magnum, Seymour was President at the time of his death in 1956 while photographing Suez. This monograph on Seymour forms an elegantly produced introduction to one of the key figures in twentieth-century photography. About the Author Tom Beck is Chief Curator at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. He is an Emmy award winner and has served as curator for numerous exhibitions. Among his publications are An American Vision: John G. Bullock and the Photo-Secession (1989) and The Art of Edward S. Curtis (1995).
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