We Went Back by Cynthia Young
Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim

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'We Went Back'...includes images from throughout Chim's career, but at its core are his postwar photographs, particularly those of children, such as the three boys...with their dog in front of a ruined Warsaw house in 1947.
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This book traces the career of Chim, famed photojournalist and cofounder of Magnum Photos, who dedicated much of his life to documenting war and its aftermath. Born Dawid Szymin in Warsaw, Chim began his career in the early 1930s photographing for leftist magazines in Paris. In 1936, one of these magazines, Regards, sent him to the front lines of the civil war in Spain, along with comrades Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. Although war formed the backdrop of much of his reportage, Chim was an astute observer of 20th-century European politics, social life, and culture, from the beginnings of the antifascist struggle to the rebuilding of countries ravaged by World War II. Like millions of other Europeans, Chim had suffered the pain of dislocation and the loss of family in a concentration camp. His profound empathy for his subjects is evident in his postwar work on child refugees. In this volume, Chim emerges as both a talented reporter and a creator of elegant compositions of startling grace and beauty. The book places Chim's work within the broader context of 1930s-1950s photography and European politics.
 

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Cynthia Young is a Florida native who has lived in Broward, Palm Beach, and Leon counties. She previously collaborated with Catherine Cole on Haunted Florida (978-0-8117-3498-1). Carole Naggar is a writer, painter, curator, and American editor of Camera International. Roger Cohen writes on foreign affairs for "The New York Times, "where he has worked since 1990, primarily as Paris correspondent, bureau chief in the Balkans and Berlin, and foreign editor. He also writes a twice-weekly column for the "International Herald Tribune. "His book on Bosnia, "Hearts Grown Brutal," based on his prizewinning coverage of the war there, was cited for its excellence by the Overseas Press Club. He is married to the sculptor, Frida Baranek, has four children and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published January 17, 2013 by Prestel. 304 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography.
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'We Went Back'...includes images from throughout Chim's career, but at its core are his postwar photographs, particularly those of children, such as the three boys...with their dog in front of a ruined Warsaw house in 1947.

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