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Franciscan monks in Minorca during the Spanish Civil War

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Seymour, David 'Chim', born 1911 - died 1956 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Ben Shneiderman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 993, box D

David Seymour, or Chim, was one of the most important photojournalists of the mid-20th Century. He was the first vice president of the Magnum photo agency, founded in 1947, and a photographer committed to recording the human consequence of civil unrest. The V&A holds a selection of Seymour's photographs that includes work from some of his most well-known assignments, for example photographing during the Spanish Civil War, the early years of the state of Israel and his international work for UNICEF, newly founded in 1948.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of six Franciscan monks sitting around a table reading in a dilapidated library in Minorca, during the Spanish Civil War

Place of Origin

Spain (made)


ca. 1938 (made)


Seymour, David 'Chim', born 1911 - died 1956 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Credit: Photo Chim from BLACK STAR Greybank Building, New York
Stamp; reverse


Width: 24 cm, Height: 18 cm

Descriptive line

Franciscan monks in Minorca during the Spanish Civil War, gelatin-silver print, David Seymour ('Chim'), Spain, ca. 1938




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