Chim: David Seymour's Humanist Photography
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Image: David Seymour (Chim), Improvised Chemistry Lab Experiment, Szeged, Hungary, 1948, gelatin silver print David Seymour (Chim)
Improvised Chemistry Lab Experiment, Szeged, Hungary, 1948
gelatin silver print
National Gallery of Art, Gift of Ben Shneiderman
© David Seymour Estate/Magnum Photos

Children of Europe

Improvised Chemistry Lab Experiment, Szeged, Hungary

Beyond the children's immediate material needs, UNICEF also sought to redress the educational gap that resulted from many children being unable to attend school during the war. Chim's wonderfully composed photograph of two female Hungarian students huddled over a chemistry experiment in a seemingly "normal" school setting captured the hope that a new generation would soon be able to assume its place in European society. At the same time, the improvised lab materials—with light bulbs serving as beakers—called attention to the schools' need for new equipment.