Chim: David Seymour's Humanist Photography
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Image: David Seymour (Chim), Sunday Afternoon, Baldo Plays Morra, 1951, gelatin silver print David Seymour (Chim)
Sunday Afternoon, Baldo Plays Morra, 1951
gelatin silver print
National Gallery of Art, Gift of Ben Shneiderman
© David Seymour Estate/Magnum Photos

Italy

Sunday Afternoon, Baldo Plays Morra

Chim was always drawn to street life, especially customs and traditions that gave a unique flavor to human interaction in different regions and countries. In this image, he captures a group of young men in Gubbio playing morra, a hand game (similar to "odds and evens" or "rock-paper-scissors") that entails guessing the total number of fingers stretched out simultaneously by two opponents.