COLLEGE PARK, Md. The Philip Merrill College of Journalism opened a special exhibit (with ice cream!) Nov. 12 in the Gaylord Library. “inVisible Scars – Children and War in the Photos of David “CHIM” Seymour” offers specially selected photos by the legendary CHIM, all timeless, all telling an amazing story with impact – in black and white. The photos are just part of a 28 photo collection donated to the University of Maryland by the photojournalist’s nephew, Dr. Ben Shneiderman (Computer, Math and Natural Sciences).
The exhibit was designed and curated by Art Gallery Director John Shipman.
Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish opened the event – urging students to look at each photo as a complete story that can tell a unique tale. Each an invaluable learning tool. During his remarks, Dr. Shneiderman spoke movingly about the impact his uncle had on his own life, CHIM’s career as a photojournalist before, during and after World War II, the creation of the Magnum photo cooperative photo agency in 1947, and Shneiderman’s efforts (with his sister) to ensure CHIM’s legacy through exhibits and donations of his works around the world.
Seymour was killed by Egyptian machine gunners in 1956 in the Suez while on assignment for Newsweek – four days after the armistice was signed.
A Storify compilation captures the exhibit opening, including Tweets by Professor Chris Harvey’s class as they covered the event as mobile journalists. There’s also a video of Dr. Shneiderman’s presentation and a video about CHIM’s legacy. A slideshow of the event follows.