CHIM'S CHILDREN OF WAR
Chim returned to Europe after the war— a continent of devastated landscapes and people. There, his emotional empathy found its chord in the children orphaned and scarred by conflict.
The photographs in this book are the result of hundreds of rolls of film Chim shot for UNICEF, the newly formed agency addressing the needs and rights of children, created by the United Nations in response to the human rights crisis the war fomented. By focusing on children, Chim’s photos made many people aware of war’s most vulnerable victims, thereby promoting the cause of peace.
Carole Naggar explored Chim’s contact sheets to find unseen images from this important period, during which Chim traveled through some of the countries in Europe the hardest hit: Germany, Austria, Greece, Italy, Hungary, and his native Poland. The images—many shown in this monograph for the first time—reveal Chim’s unique capacity for engaging with his subjects, creating a style of photography that has influenced Magnum photographers and many others.