Chim: David Seymour's Humanist Photography
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Image: David Seymour (Chim), Funeral on Israeli Border, 1953, gelatin silver print David Seymour (Chim)
Funeral on Israeli Border, 1953
gelatin silver print
National Gallery of Art, Gift of Ben Shneiderman
© David Seymour Estate/Magnum Photos


Funeral on Israeli Border

The omnipresent threat of violence was the grim counterpoint to the heady idealism that animated Israel's new settlers. In December 1953, Chim photographed the funeral of a young Israeli soldier who had been killed while standing guard near the border. Here two men carry the body, wrapped in a Jewish prayer shawl, as a Rabbi recites a prayer.