In 1974 Cornell Capa, brother of Robert, started a group of photographers called Concerned Photographers. He chose David Seymour “Chim” to be part of it. The group’s work was known for its compassionate, humanitarian approach to documentation of major events. This group morphed into the institution known today as the International Center of Photography, or ICP. Chim was already part of a partnership of great photojournalists who formed Magnum Photographs. It was a picture agency par excellence, and they are still active today. The original members were Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger, William Vandivert, and of course Chim.
Seymour was a practitioner from the golden age of concerned photojournalism. There is evidence of his concern, empathy, and compassion in every frame he took. This was especially true in his photographs of children, who, through their inherent strength and resilience, point the way for possible salvation and redemption for all of us.
The exhibition which comes from the artist’s estate, is on view at the gallery through March 11th, by appointment.