October 3, 2008: Nachtwey Breaks The Story

Its often unwise to post something blind; however, knowing James Nachtwey’s work and his dedication to bringing to the world the human condition in its entirety, I’d like to share details of his latest project which will be unveiled on October 3, 2008. If you’re in London, pop by the National Theatre on the South Bank to see what its all about. In Nottingham, visit The Broadway Media Centre. There will also be venues in Liverpool and Manchester (which are still to be announced. There is a full list of international venues listed here.

“James Nachtwey will be breaking a big story on October 3 — using his powerful photographs to share a vital story that the world needs to know about.” – by Paul Lowe.

press release:

James Nachtwey: Photojournalist

Photojournalist James Nachtwey is considered by many to be the greatest war photographer of recent decades. He has covered conflicts and major social issues in more than 30 countries.

Why you should listen to him:

For the past three decades, James Nachtwey has devoted himself to documenting wars, conflicts and critical social issues, working in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Russia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Romania, Brazil and the United States.

Nachtwey has been a contract photographer with Time since 1984. However, when certain stories he wanted to cover — such as Romanian orphanages and famine in Somalia — garnered no interest from magazines, he self-financed trips there. He is known for getting up close to his subjects, or as he says, “in the same intimate space that the subjects inhabit,” and he passes that sense of closeness on to the viewer.

In putting himself in the middle of conflict, his intention is to record the truth, to document the struggles of humanity, and with this, to wake people up and stir them to action.

He is the winner of the 2007 TED Prize, awarding him $100,000 and one wish to change the world. This was his wish: “I’m working on a story that the world needs to know about. I wish for you to help me break it in a way that provides spectacular proof of the power of news photography in the digital age.”

On October 3, the story breaks … and we would like you to witness it.

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