November 9, 2012, in Exhibitions in development,

Cake

An exhibition and book of photographs both vintage and contemporary, by known photographers and vernacular works that explore celebration and the marking of time, through the rituals with cake. These images are collected from friends of Trisha Ziff, the curator, purchased on ebay, found in markets. Any one with their own cake photos who wants to participate should send their images to trishaziff@212berlin.com

October 12, 2012, in Exhibitions in development, Featured, Recent exhibitions,

Chim / Gamboa: The Mexican Connection

On January 17, 1939, David Seymour Chim, a Polish photographer, from Paris, wrote a letter to then diplomat, Fernando Gamboa. In conjunction with this letter was an envelope filled with pictures. “My dear friend, I’m sorry I made you wait so long for the pictures of for this exhibition. It was a very important job and I took a lot more images than I expected. Now they are ready, and I hope you enjoy them. ”

These 80 photographic prints, many of which have never been seen before, have been re discovered in the archives of Fernando Gamboa in Mexico City. In conjunction with other images by Chim from his time in Mexico. This exhibition highlights the special relationship of David Seymour “Chim” with Mexico.

David Szymin, better known as “Chim” David Seymour, was born in 1911 to Jewish parents/ He moved to Paris from Warsaw in 1931 and was in Paris where he met Robert Capa and established his career as a photojournalist. Chim and Capa worked together for publications as, Vu, Regards, magazines that reported on the conditions of French workers, at the beginning of the Front Populaire.

In the spring of 1936 Capa and Chim traveled together to Spain to photograph the Spanish Civil War. They were both special correspondents for Regards . Many of the photographic prints recovered in the archive in Mexico City, were printed internationally in magazines as Life and the Illustrated London News. Other photographs are seen here for the first time. None of the original negatives have survived.

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