Chim: David Seymour's Humanist Photography
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Image: David Seymour (Chim), Civilians, Port Said, November 9, 1956, gelatin silver print David Seymour (Chim)
Civilians, Port Said, November 9, 1956
gelatin silver print
National Gallery of Art, Gift of Ben Shneiderman
© David Seymour Estate/Magnum Photos

Port Said

Civilians, Port Said

This image of two injured civilians—bloody, unwashed, and sharing a single mattress—speaks directly to the war's human toll. The paltry and inconspicuous orange halves, tucked under the pillow, were likely a key source of nourishment amid the food shortage. The photograph was taken on November 9, 1956, the day before Chim was killed.