David Seymour, "Chim", was born in Warsaw, Poland. He studied graphic arts in Leipzig, and turned to photography in 1933 while continuing his studies at the Sorbonne in Paris.
He covered many important political events for leading magazines including Life, beginning with the Spanish Civil War. At the outbreak of World War II he made his way to New York. During the war he served as a photo-interpreter with the U.S. Air Force in Europe.
In 1947, Chim co-founded an international photojournalists' cooperative with his friends Robert Capa, Henri-Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and William Vandivert.
His postwar series of photographs of the physically and spiritually maimed children of Europe attracted worldwide attention, was published in a book by UNESCO, and became part of the posthumous exhibit, "Chim's Children." The sympathetic and compassionate portraits of these small victims of war led a friend to note that to Chim, wars were an enormous crime against children.
Fluent in several languages, with deep affinities for many countries and peoples, Chim was truly international. Among his many photographic essays are outstanding portraits of Bernard Berenson and Arturo Toscanini.
Chim was killed by an Egyptian machine-gunner in 1956, four days after the Armistice at Suez.
He was buried in Cedar Park - Beth El Cemetery in Paramus, NJ, Cedar Park Block 16, Section R, Line 6, Grave 27, in the Farband organization section.