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David “CHIM” Seymour

Greece, Saving Children by David “CHIM” Seymour, 1948 | © David Seymour/Magnum Photos | All rights reserved | Courtesy °CLAIR Gallery

A photographer’s regard is informed by a myriad of concerns, from light to line, from color to contrast. Yet how often is profound caring the defining technical element of an image?

David “CHIM” Seymour has long been heralded for his sublime sense of humanity, but what remains underappreciated is the artistic mastery that allowed him to perfectly translate emotion into image. The forthcoming Condition of the Heart exhibition will delve into Seymour’s remarkable oeuvre and document the technical splendor that resulted in some of the most emotionally vibrant photographs of the 20th century.

“What is so extraordinary about David’s work is that there is a warmth and depth not found today,” explains °CLAIR Gallery curator Anna-Patricia Kahn. “You can feel the heart beating in these images.”

The Condition of the Heart exhibition is being presented within the framework of the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, the venerated photography agency that Seymour co-founded. The exhibition runs from October 5, 2017 to November 7, 2017 at Franz-Joseph-Strasse 10 in Munich. Vernissage the evening of Thursday October 5, 19h30. For more information, contact Anna-Patricia Kahn at anna@clair.me

David “CHIM” Seymour was born as David Syzmin in 1911 in Warsaw, Poland. He adopted the moniker “CHIM” based on the pronunciation of his birth name. After studying graphic arts in Leipzig, he turned to photography in 1933 while in Paris. He photographed major events such as the Spanish Civil War and World War II, and then in 1947 he co-founded the Magnum Photos agency. His postwar photographs of the physically and spiritually maimed children of Europe attracted worldwide attention and were published by UNESCO. He died in Egypt in 1956 while covering the Suez Crisis.

“CHIM picked up his camera the way a doctor takes his stethoscope out of his bag, applying his diagnosis to the condition of the heart.”—Henri Cartier-Bresson

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The featured image is Greece, Saving Children by David “CHIM” Seymour, 1948. © David Seymour/Magnum Photos, all rights reserved. Image courtesy the °CLAIR Gallery. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at anna@clair.me

Lartigue, Time Rediscovered

Solange David, Paris by Jacques Henri Lartigue, 1929 | © Ministère de la Culture, France/AAJHL | All rights reserved | Courtesy °CLAIR Gallery

A quintessential aspect of Jacques Henri Lartigue’s brilliance was his ability to weave entirely new visions of time with his photography. His pioneering grasp of movement resulted in images that both stopped and accelerated time, while his work documenting the Belle Époque took finite moments and expanded them into expressions of an entire generation. Now, Lartigue’s interpretations of time are being explored in the Time Rediscovered exhibition.

It is sublimely fitting that the new exhibition is being held at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum in Milan, which has its own unique relationship with time. The museum is the legacy of two collectors, the brothers Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, who sought to combine the modernity of the late 19th century with the traditions of 15th and 16th century Italian art. The result is an intimate yet transcendent museum that is one of the gems of the European art circuit.

“Lartigue’s photography captures the nuances of time, it is both gloriously eternal and a perfect embodiment of its age,” says °CLAIR director Anna-Patricia Kahn. “The Bagatti is an exquisite setting for this exhibition as there is a profound symbiosis between the art and the place.”

The Time Rediscovered exhibition is curated by Angela Madesani and runs in Milan from September 29 to November 26, 2017. For more information, visit the museum’s website.

Jacques Henri Lartique was born in 1894 in Courbevoie outside of Paris, France. His father gave him his first camera when he was eight years old and from that point on he became obsessed with the medium. His images of early automobiles and airplanes are some of the most iconic photographs ever taken, while his photographs of France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries have come to define the age. Lartigue’s genius wasn’t appreciated internationally until a renowned solo show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1963. He died in Nice, France in 1986. For more information, visit his artist page here.

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The featured image is Solange David, Paris by Jacques Henri Lartigue, 1929. © Ministère de la Culture, France/AAJHL. All rights reserved, courtesy °CLAIR Gallery Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at anna@clair.me


Rudi Weissenstein Book Launch

Rudi—Discovering the Weissenstein Archive | Edited by Michal Amram, Anna-Patricia Kahn, Ben Peter with  texts by Anna-Patricia Kahn, Amir Kliger, Ben Peter | Published by Kehrer Verlag | Half-cloth hardcover | 160 pages, 96 duotone illustrations

The °CLAIR Gallery is pleased to announce a special book launch event that will be held in Zurich for Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive. 

Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive celebrates the legacy of Rudi Weissenstein’s photography. It is published by Kehrer Verlag and °CLAIR Gallery curator Anna-Patricia Kahn is the book’s principal editor. You can learn more about the book by visiting the Kehrer website.

The book launch will be held at Photobastei, Sihlquai 125, 8005 Zurich on June 7, 2017 at 19h00. The event will feature a conversation between Yves Kugelmann, the chief editor of Tachles, Ben Peter, the director of the PhotoHouse and the Weissenstein archive in Tel Aviv, and Anna-Patricia Kahn, the director of the °CLAIR Gallery.

Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive has received critical international acclaim with glowing reviews in major European newspapers and photography magazines. The leading German photo critic, Klaus Honnef, has praised the glorious fragility of the photography, while major German newsmagazine Der Spiegel  published a series of images from Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive. You can click here to browse the images from Der Spiegel and see a sample of the reviews for Rudi, A Dreamer by clicking here.

Weissenstein (1910–1992) was the most prominent chronicler of everyday life in the young state of Israel and his photographs are essential to understanding the country’s social history. Born in what is today the Czech Republic, Weissenstein studied photography in Vienna and then went on to work as a press photographer. He emigrated to Palestine in 1936 where he met and married Miriam Arnstein (1913–2011). The couple took over management of the Pri-Or PhotoHouse in Tel Aviv in 1940 and developed it into a renowned Israeli cultural institution. To learn more about the PhotoHouse, visit their website.

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The featured image is of the book Rudi—Discovering the Weissenstein Archive, published by Kehrer Verlag, edited by Michal Amram, Anna-Patricia Kahn, and Ben Peter with texts by Anna-Patricia Kahn, Amir Kliger, and Ben Peter. Half-cloth hardcover, 160 pages, 96 duotone illustrations. Purchase inquiries regarding the cover photograph are welcome via email at anna@clair.me