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Terezka’s Scrawls

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At first glance, one would think this is a photo of a child randomly scribling with chalk. This memorable image of Terezka was taken in a Center for Disturbed Children. Terezka grew up in a concentration camp and was asked to draw a picture of her “home” in Poland on the blackboard. She drew these scrawls–a barbed wire surrounded concentration camp she grew up with.

In 1948, the UNICEF commissioned David Seymour for a project on childhood after the war that became a posthumous exhibition, CHIM’s Children, in 1957 at the Art Institute of Chicago. During three months in 1948, Chim photographed children in many countries, including Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Greece, and his native Poland, where he took the picture of Terezka. David Seymour (also known as Chim) (1911-1956) was a founder of Magnum Photos (with Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson) in 1947 and one of the leading photojournalists of the 20th century. See his portfolio here and most of his photoessays are on his facebook fan page.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

July 2, 2009 at 1:47 am

Posted in Society, War

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  1. she is fuggo with the buggo eyes.


    May 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm

  2. What ever became of her?


    February 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

  3. […] Terezka’s Scrawls przedstawia fotografię Davida Seymoura, który w 1948 r. w czasie wizyty w Polsce zrobił zdjęcie dziewczynce dorastającej w czasie okupacji w obozie koncentracyjnym. Poproszona o narysowanie domu nakreśliła na tablicy poplątane linie. […]

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    January 12, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  4. This poor. child ‘s eyes look so grief – stricken and haunted! I wonder if she was ever able to lead a normal life outside the institution? Hopefully expressing herself through art brought her a measure of healing.


    June 4, 2013 at 3:10 am

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