Umbrage would like to invite you to attend a book-signing event Thursday, April 4th, 2013, from 6 – 8pm with photography historian Carole Naggar, author of our most recent title, CHIM: Children of War. Please join us at our new location (Suite 220) for a glass of wine and a chance to purchase a copy of the book signed by the author.
The photographs in CHIM: Children of War are the result of hundreds of rolls of film taken by CHIM (a.k.a. David Seymour) while on assignment for UNICEF, the agency created by the United Nations after WWII to address the needs and rights of children in response to the human rights crisis in postwar Europe. Expertly compiled by noted photography historian Carole Naggar, the collection contains many never-before-seen images from Chim’s long-lost contact sheets, in addition to some of his more famous photographs. The images collectively reveal Chim’s unique capacity for engaging with his subjects, creating a style of photography that has influenced generations of artists.
“David Seymour (Chim) was a founder of Magnum Photos, along with Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and Robert Capa. They distinguished themselves with some of the greatest and most enduring photographic images of World War II. But no document of that war’s most vulnerable victims, the children, is more poignant than Chim’s assembled photographs. To see them all in one wonderful book is a deeply moving experience. Children of War is an overwhelming work.” ~Elliott Erwitt, Magnum Photos member, photographer & filmmaker, recipient of 2011 ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement
“The problems Chim pointed out in 1948 are still acute. Today, children are still the main casualties of war — maimed, orphaned, and homeless all over the planet, and in even larger numbers than in his time. Chim’s work is a sobering reminder of the plight of the most vulnerable. As his friend Henri Cartier-Bresson said: “At the time, we did not talk about photography: we talked about the world.” ~Carole Naggar, TIME LightBox, January 2013 – http://ti.me/13D1KBa
“At long last, the publication of Chim’s great work on the postwar children of Europe. May it live forever!”~John G. Morris, author, Get the Picture: A Personal History of Photojournalism
CAROLE NAGGAR is a poet and photography historian based in New York City. Born in Cairo, Naggar has authored many works on photographers and their medium. Among her recent books are George Rodger: An Adventure in Photography, 1908-1995 (Syracuse, 2003), the memoir Egypte Retour (Nahar Misraim, 2007), Werner Bischof: Carnets de Route (Delpire, 2008), and David Seymour Chim (Photopoche, 2011). She wrote the lead essay for Christer Stromholm: Post Scriptum (Max Strom, 2012) and is currently working on a biography of Chim. She has been a regular contributor to Aperture since 1988.
To view more images from the book, go here: