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

Port Said

Operation Port Said

This carefully composed image shows the destruction wrought on Port Said by Franco-British bombing raids. Rubble is strewn everywhere, a building in the background has been destroyed, and a broken water main has caused a flood, which is the source of a lovely but haunting reflection. The lone figure, perfectly centered, lends a sense of scale to the surroundings and is a reminder that civilians have suffered—and continue to suffer—amid war's destruction.