Chim: David Seymour's Humanist Photography
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Image: David Seymour (Chim), Verso of Improvised Chemistry Lab Experiment, Szeged, Hungary, 1948, gelatin silver print David Seymour (Chim)
Verso of 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

Because they were often reproduced in books or magazines, the reverses (or "versos") of Seymour's vintage prints bear stamps, handwritten notations and measurements, and occasionally, as here, lengthy captions. This photograph includes both the Magnum Photos stamp crediting Seymour and a "special photo for UNESCO" stamp because it is from Chim's UNICEF assignment. The captions were often written by photo editors, but it is tempting to speculate that Chim, who studied advanced chemistry before taking up photography, might have been especially interested in detailing this experiment.