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Welcome to my blog, this is where I post random images, thoughts and musings on photography.  This is kind of a diary and not all photos will be the end product. Its basically a dump for all my ideas and mental chatter. All opinions are my own and should usually be taken with a pinch of salt. 

James Nachtwey - War Photographer.

"I have been a witness, and these pictures are

my testimony. The events I have recorded should

not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

-James Nachtwey-

James Nachtwey is possibly one of the most important war photographers of the last thirty years.  His vivid black and white imagery from countries such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Rwanda and India are extremely provocative.  They show human suffering and conflict in a way that is not really presented by any other photographer. Shooting mainly with wide angle lenses, he gets himself into the thick of the conflict and this results in an energy and brutality that hits hard.  There is not much I can say that cannot be seen through his images so head over to his website and check them out for yourselves. 

In 2001 a documentary was released called "War Photographer" and was made by Swiss director, Christian Frei.  The film followed Nachtwey as he worked in Kosovo and India, using on board cameras filming "camera point of view" footage.  It includes interviews with Nachtwey and people who have worked with him.
Overall it is an excellent insight into war photography and one of the greatest documentary photographers ever. It is interesting to see how Nachtwey works and also how he deals with being exposed to so much horrible stuff. It is compulsory viewing for every photographer of all disciplines.  It makes you realise what some people deal with on a regular basis.
Buy the DVD from here