Acharei Kiddush: Tereska and Her Photographer

June 29, 2019 - 1:15pm to 3:30pm


Please join former BAS member Carole Naggar as she discusses her book,Tereska.

Tereska and her Photographer: A Story is a photobook that presents a fictional history by Carole Naggar about the extraordinary parallel lives of Magnum photographer and co-founder David “Chim” Seymour and Tereska Adwentowska, a young Polish girl who was the subject of Chim’s most famous photograph.  

Ms. Naggar will talk about the book and how she was inspired to write it after participating in 2017 in an inquiry by a Polish team of researchers into Tereska’s identity, which had been unknown until then. She will talk about the structure and purpose of her book and also about the extraordinary lives of David "Chim" Seymour, a cofounder of Magnum Photos, and Tereska Adwentowska, the young girl he photographed in 1948 during his assignment by UNICEF on European Children after World War II. The book is fiction but is based on authentic historical facts about the Warsaw uprising, the Wola massacre, the Otwock ghetto, and moments that take place in the 1970s before Tereska’s death in 1978 in the Tworki psychiatric hospial near Warsaw.

Signed books will be available.
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Carole Naggar has worked as a writer, curator, educator, and photography historian since 1971. She has been a regular contributor to Aperture magazine since 1988 and Time Lightbox 2013-2017. She is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books online. She is Series Editor for the Magnum Legacy Biography series since 2014, publishing biographies of Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson and Inge Morath. She has published biographies of George Rodger, David “Chim” Seymour and Werner Bischof.

Among her recent publications are Saul Leiter: In My Room (Steidl, 2018), Magnum Photobook: Catalogue Raisonné , with Fred Ritchin {Phaidon, 2017).

Voyage à Kyoto (PixelPress, 2015) and Bruno Barbey: Passages (La Martinière, 2015). Her fiction Tereska and Her Photographer  has just been published in English and French versions. Her memoir Récits Instantanés. Will be published in France in the Spring.

She has just curated an exhibition on Self-Published Photobooks for the Center for Book Arts in New York and is currently working on a book of photographs by George Rodger on the Bergen-Belsen camp.

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