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Todd - AO camera in position for Venice regatta take

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Venice (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 C

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 a cameraman overlooking the Grand Canal, Venice. The camera has a tag with 'TODD-AO' printed on it pinned to its side.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)


ca. 1950 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

typed caption

David Seymour - Magnum Photos
Stamp; reverse

Magnum Photos Inc
17 East 64th Street New York 21, N.Y.
Stamp; reverse


Width: 30 cm, Height: 20 cm

Descriptive line

Todd - AO camera in position for Venice regatta take, gelatin-silver print, David Seymour ('Chim'), Venice, ca. 1950




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