We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim

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This book traces the career of Chim, famed photojournalist and cofounder of Magnum Photos, who dedicated much of his life to documenting war and its aftermath. This book places Chim's work within the broader context of 1930s-1950s photography and European politics.
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Overview


This book traces the career of Chim, famed photojournalist and cofounder of Magnum Photos, who dedicated much of his life to documenting war and its aftermath. This book places Chim's work within the broader context of 1930s-1950s photography and European politics.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/01/2014
Born Dawid Szymin in Warsaw in 1911, Chim (aka David Seymour), a gifted photojournalist and cofounder of Magnum Photos, initially made his name as an agitprop antifascist photographer in 1930s Spain and France and later spent his life roaming Europe and Israel, capturing societies under collapse and being reborn. After World War II, he became a widely published foreign correspondent, working for Life and other outlets; he was killed while covering the 1956 Suez Crisis. Pendant to an exhibit at the International Center of Photography in New York City, Young's (coauthor, Haunted Florida) book captures the broad arc of an underrecognized artist's powerful work, matching that of better-known greats like his Magnum cofounders Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Included are many dozens of crisp plates showing Chim's fascinating prewar work for the French Popular Front and the Spanish Republicans, poignant images of European children orphaned and traumatized by war, and the ruins of cities across the continent. There are moments throughout of great radiance and aesthetic beauty, palpably empathetic and humane. New York Times writer Roger Cohen describes his photos in an essay herein as "charged with emotional power and distilled to some timeless essence." VERDICT A landmark commemoration of one of the 20th century's great photographers, this book will appeal to readers interested in modern Europe and the course of photojournalism.—Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L.Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783791352817
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/17/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 972,047
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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