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Exhibition Opening: “Chim: Between Devastation and Resurrection”

Chim: From Destruction to Resurrection

September 22, 2022 | 6:30pm CST

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David Seymour – better known as “Chim” — is widely remembered as the first human rights photographer. One of the cofounders of photojournalism’s famous cooperative Magnum Photos, Chim’s work was poignant and emphatic – transcending generations, making him one of the 20th century’s quintessential photographers.   

Join us for a special presentation by Carole Naggar and Ben Shneiderman to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition, Chim: Between Devastation and Resurrection, which focuses on Seymour’s photographs of post-World War II reconstruction in Europe, European elections, the effect of the war on children, and the birth of the new State of Israel. 

Naggar is an author and photography historian who has studied Chim’s life and work for decades. Her long-awaited biography, David ‘Chim’ Seymour: Searching for the Light, 1911-1956, will be released this fall. Shneiderman, a distinguished university professor, and Chim’s nephew, will open the program with a monologue about his uncle’s life and work.  

On-site guests are invited to come to the Museum prior to our start time to explore the new exhibition. 

Members must sign in to take advantage of their member discount.

Chim: Between Devastation and Resurrection is excerpted from We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim, organized by the International Center of Photography and made possible by the John and Anna Maria Phillips Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.

Illinois Holocaust Museum’s presentation of Chim: Between Devastation and Resurrection is made possible with generous support from Golder Family Foundation.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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