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Franciscan monks are drenching out their clothes after a rainy scene. They are wearing rubberised robes underneath, to keep them dry.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1950 (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 (vintage print) of a pair of monks in rubber undergarments wringing out their drenched robes. Two buses are parked nearby.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1950 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

typed; reverse

Please credit David Seymour - Magnum, Magnum Photos Inc. 55 West 45th Street, New York 19, N.Y.
Stamp; reverse


Width: 25 cm, Height: 21 cm

Descriptive line

Franciscan monks are drenching out their clothes after a rainy scene, gelatin-silver print, David Seymour ('Chim'), Italy, ca. 1950




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