James Nachtwey is one of the best known documentary photographers. He spent most of his life as a war photographer covering the hottest battlefields of the world. He has been to the mott of the battle zones in modern history. His ever lasting philosophy is:
“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.”
After many photography prizes in 2007 with three mates he won the TED-prize. The association born under the anachronym of Technology, Entertainment, Design aims not less than to spread ideas and values in the world. Their annual three award winner is granted 100 thousand dollars and can make a wish that the TED initiative and it’s many supporters around the world help come true. James Nachtwey’s wish madde in March 2008 (see video below):
“There’s a vital story that needs to be told, and I wish for TED to help me gain access to it and then to help me come up with innovative and exciting ways to use news photography in the digital era.”
The wording is a bit criptic, but on 3rd October 2008. the world will find out the real meaning behind his wish and the result of it: his latest work will be published on the internet and the same time on giant screens in various public places of the world (like New York, London, Los Angeles, Antarctica, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Macau, Port Elizabeth, Seoul, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Montevideo) he thinks this will be able to change the world.
James Nachtwey’s 22 minute TED talk introduces his work and his extraordinary photos (subtitles available in multiple languages).
Update: Since this post it was published what really is Nachtwey’s big sotry. Read my post about it too!
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