James Nachtwey Memoria – The South Brooklyn Network
James Nachtwey brings to us images that not many people in the world can. His view of the world around him is bittersweet and harrowing.
I first met James in Washington, DC at the 1992 Pictures of the Year Awards. He was magazine photographer of the year and I was a sports photography winner, as far from war coverage as you can get. Our paths next crossed in South Africa during the campaign and inauguration of Nelson Mandela in 1994. His work has given us an insight into the human heartache of war and famine.
Fotografiska New York presents a major retrospective, Memoria, comprising 77 photographs arranged in narrative sequences, including many of Nachtwey’s most prominent works. Each photo in this exhibition is a fragment of memory, captured in the continuum of history that Nachtwey experienced. Each image was intended to reach a mass audience at the time of the events to raise public awareness. one element among many in the change process.
Now, as that same continuum moves relentlessly forward and the events themselves recede in time, the artist hopes these images will stand upon them as a reminder of the people, of the conditions they endured, and how those conditions were have arisen.
As we share these memories, we bear witness together. let’s not forget – James Nachtwey
James Nachtwey (born March 14, 1948) grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied art history and political science (1966-70). Nachtwey was influenced to become a photographer by images of the Vietnam War and the American civil rights movement. He began his career as a newspaper photographer in 1976 and became freelance in 1980. Since then he has worked worldwide and has dedicated himself to documenting wars and critical social issues.
Nachtwey has been a contract photographer for TIME Magazine since 1984. From 1986 to 2000 he was a member of Magnum and one of the founders of Fotoagentur VII, of which he was a member from 2001 to 2008 when he set up his own business. Nachtwey’s images focus on the effects of injustice and violence, yet evoke a sense of compassion and sympathy. He documents intimate moments of humanity within major historical events of global importance. His photographs can seem formally closed, but they are spontaneous, intuitive and often composed in fractions of a second.
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