James Nachtwey

Today I watched the movie War Photographer instead of writing my Journalism paper [see previous post].

The film follows a photojournalist, James Nachtwey, who has spent his  career covering the plight and strife of people in other countries. This movie, and Nachtwey’s convictions explain why I wanted to become a photojournalist much more eloquently than I ever could. Its extremely moving and emotional and there is absolutely no censorship in the images that they show you. I strongly recommend this movie, because it affected me and made me realize how the struggles of people everywhere is much more significant than the layout of my facebook page….. [however obvious that may sound]…. and I hope it does for you too.

Below are some photographs Nachtwey has taken during his 27 year career as a photojournalist.

New York, 2001 - Ground Zero

New York, 2001 - Ground Zero

Rwanda, 1994 - Survivor of the Hutu death camp.

Rwanda, 1994 - Survivor of the Hutu death camp.

Sudan, 1993 - Famine victim at a feeding center

Sudan, 1993 - Famine victim at a feeding center

James Nachtwey

James Nachtwey was so influenced by the imagery of Vietnam, and the American Civil Rights movement that he taught himself photography, and moved to New york to become a freelance photographer in 1981. In his career he has covered conflicts in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Nachtwey has documented events such as the elections in South Africa (1994), the US invasion of Iraq, the tsunami in SE Asia (2004), the Sudan conflict, and 9/11 (2001) just to name a few.

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2 thoughts on “James Nachtwey

  1. I heard this man speak a few years ago. Someone in the audience
    asked him if, seeing all he had seen, could he have any hope for
    humanity. He said the people he photographed had hope. If they
    did, how could he not?

    A remarkable presence, a quiet and gentle man.

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