The War Photographer – James Nachtwey

James Nachtwey is the greatest war photographers of our time.  He began photographing because he was “influenced by imagery from the Vietnam War and the American Civil Rights movement.” In 1976 he started his career as a photographer for a small newspaper in New Mexico.

“In my mind it all went into slow motion. Everything was floating. I thought I had all the time in the world to make the picture, and only at the last moment realized I was about to be taken out.” ~ James Nachtwey

Since then, Nachtwey has covered almost every conflict and human tragedy in the last 30 years. From Somalia to Afghanistan and Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina to Rwanda and 9/11. Where other photographers retreat or protect themselves, Nachtway is often the only one to come forward exposing himself to extreme danger. Robert Capa said “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.  Photographs by James Nachtwey are often disturbing, extremely moving and always poignant and executed with masterful composition.


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