James Nachtwey


Many regard James Nachtwey as one of present days’ most acknowledged photojournalists. He originally studied Art History and Political Science at Dartmouth College between 1966 and 1970, but images from the Vietnam War and the American Civil Rights Movement got him interested in photography. The following years, Nachtwey taught himself photography while working as an apprentice news film editor and as a truck driver.

He began his photographic career in 1976 as a newspaper photographer in New Mexico and moved to New York to work as a freelance photographer in 1980. He landed his first foreign assignment the following year, which took him to Northern Ireland where he covered the unrest during the hunger strikes. Since then he has documented wars, conflicts and social problems in over 30 countries.

from nordic light.