||CHIM: A web biography of David Seymour|| |
Eileen Shneiderman is David Seymour's older sister. The two of them grew up together in Warsaw. She recalls that her brother's professional occupation came about as a matter of coincidence. He had taken a number of amateurish pictures as a child, but while in Paris in 1933 he began to take photography seriously. Uniquely close to the artist, she provides the following affectionate commentary:
Though his photography turned from the social and political arena to the cultural scene - Toscanini, Berenson, and the world of movie stars - his human concern was always evident. He felt that objectivity comes from the understanding that reality is complex, truth is manifold, and there is always a new point to be explored, a new angle to be discovered, a new light to be shed. [David Seymour--"Chim", Viking Press, New York, 1974]
As the only living member of David Seymour's family, Eileen Shneiderman serves as the executor of David Seymour's estate and takes great interest in preserving, exhibiting and publishing his work.