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Territoires palestiniens occupés, Cisjordanie, 2000 ©James Nachtwey Archive, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth

James Nachtwey

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Bosnia, 1993 - Ethnic cleansing in Mostar. Croat militiaman fires on his Moslem neighbors. ©James Nachtwey Archive, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
Afghanistan, 1996 - Ruins of Kabul from civil war ©James Nachtwey Archive, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
New York, 2001 © James Nachtwey Archive, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
Sudan, Darfour, 2003 ©James Nachtwey, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
Territoires palestiniens occupés, Cisjordanie, 2000 © James Nachtwey Archive, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth_gallery image
James Nachtwey grew up in Massachusetts in the USA, where he studied art history and political science. Images from the Vietnam War and the American civil rights movement had a powerful effect on him and were instrumental in his decision to become a photographer.

In 1976 Nachtwey started work as a newspaper photographer in New Mexico. In 1980 he moved to New York to begin a career as a freelance magazine photographer. His first foreign assignment was to cover civil strife in Northern Ireland in 1981 during the IRA hunger strike.

In 1994, Nachtwey was covering the upcoming elections in South Africa, the first non-racial ones in decades. As an associate of the Bang-Bang Club, he was at the scene when Ken Oosterbroek was killed and Greg Marinovich was seriously injured.

Since then, Nachtwey has devoted himself to documenting wars, conflicts, and critical social issues. He has worked on extensive photographic essays 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.

After working at Magnum Photos for many years, Nachtwey along with seven others founded VII Photo Agency in 2001. He is now no longer a member of VII and is managing his photography affairs through his own studio.

Nachtwey was present during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, and produced a well known related body of work. He also compiled a photo essay on the effects of the Sudan conflict on civilians.

Nachtwey has received numerous awards. A World Press Photo winner, Nachtwey is also the recipient of five Overseas Press Club's Robert Capa Gold Medal (1983, 1984, 1986, 1994 and 1998).


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