Tereska and her photographer, a story

@ Seymour, David (Chim)


Presentation by Russet Lederman, Inc, publisher of the English version:

Tereska and Her Photographer: A Story is a photobook that presents a fictional story by Carole Naggar about the extraordinary parallel lives of Magnum photographer and co-founder David “Chim” Seymour and Tereska Adwentowska, a young Polish girl who was the subject of Chim's most famous photograph.

In September 1948, while on assignment for UNICEF to report on Europe's children, Chim photographed Tereska at a primary school in Warsaw, Poland. Millions of readers saw Tereska's picture when it was published in Life magazine in December of the same year, and were moved by her plight. She had received a shrapnel wound during the Wola massacre, and her image became emblematic of children's fate during World War II. In the aftermath of the war, Chim tried to discover her full name and story. However, both Chim and Tereska met absurd deaths before ever meeting again.

Based on historical facts, Tereska and her Photographer is a fiction built as a small opera, where all the characters in Chim and Tereska's lives bring their various voices to the narrative. They include: Tereska, Chim, Tereska's parents (whose father was a Freedom Fighter during Warsaw's Uprising), Doctor Stanislaw Wiktor Sierpiński (a survivor of Otwock's massacre), Enrique Meneses, Jr. (a journalist who explored Chim and journalist Jean Roy's deaths in Egypt), and several others. The book's chronology is nonlinear, weaving vignettes from 1948 and the present with those from Chim's youth and Tereska's early childhood. David “Chim” Seymour's photographs, along with several anonymous historical images, are inventively presented and arranged by award-winning book designer Ricardo Báez with striking typography by Juan Mercerón.

Carole Naggar has worked as a writer, curator, educator, and photography historian since 1971. She was a co-founder and special projects editor of Pixelpress (1999-2006) and is a regular contributor to Aperture magazine (1988-present) and Time Lightbox (2013-2017). She is currently the series editor for the Magnum Legacy Biography series, publishing biographies of Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson and Inge Morath. She has published biographies of George Rodger, David “Chim” Seymour and Werner Bischof. "

This photobook is co-published by Russet Lederman, Inc. (English version) and The Eyes Publishing (French version).

NB : The image carrousel includes pictures from both versions, each version is one-language only.

We are offering both versions: please choose the edition you wish to order below the price before adding the book to your cart..

106 pages - Hardcover

Russet Lederman / The Eyes, 2019

Format : 16.5 x 24 cm

New - Mint condition

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Seymour, David (Chim)

David Seymour, also known as Chim (a nickname stemming from his true last name Szymin), was a Polish photographer and founding member and former president of the Magnums Photos agency, during the golden era of photojournalism. As a photographer, he is mostly known for his coverage of the Spanish Civil War, and his project "Children of War" under assignment by UNICEF that documented the lives of children in the aftermath of WWII. He published many photo-reportages in the big-name news magazines before, during and after World War II (Life, Paris Match, etc.) He is also known for portraits of celebrities (Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso). His work was not published in the book form before his untimetly death in 1956 in the aftermath of the Suez Canal conflict. © Portrait by Elliott Erwitt
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