James Nachtwey

So, what do you’all think of this guy? Should I trust him?


  1. #1 Carsten Schmidt
    September 30, 2008

    what do you mean “should i trust him?” … if the pictures he takes are real? the power of pictures on society?

    james nachtwey i think is one of not the best photographer. the pictures he takes are the most powerful photos i have ever seen. if you haven’t seen it, go and rent the movie War Photographer (http://www.war-photographer.com/) it is an amazing documentary about Nachtwey, part of the movie has a little video camera connected to his photo camera and you can see how he takes pictures. what struck me most was how close he is to the people he takes photos of. it shows in amazing detail how he interacts with those people and how they embrace him.

  2. #2 Zeno
    September 30, 2008

    I knew Jim Natchwey before he became famous for routinely putting his life on the line to document the inhumanity in the world. He’s the real thing.

    I doubt he remembers me, though.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    September 30, 2008

    Trust him like: “I’m going to ask you do do something for me and I’m not going to tell you what it is. I just need you to say yes, you’ll do it. Trust me.”

    Zeno, seriously. He’s the real thing? This is important.

  4. #4 Ana
    September 30, 2008

    My my my…
    Thanks for posting this, Greg, but aren’t you supposed to be helping me to focus on the power of the LAW over that of ART, and thus resolving that seemingly eternal dilemma of mine?? Didn’t we just make that deal?

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    September 30, 2008

    Ana, you must do what I say not what I blog. And really, I’m nothing other than a mirror for you. And happy to be so. You don’t need anything else.

  6. #6 Carsten Schmidt
    September 30, 2008

    I don’t know Nachtwey personally, but having seen in the documentary how the people in his pictures trust him in the worst of times, yes, i would trust him.

  7. #7 Zeno
    October 1, 2008

    Zeno, seriously. He’s the real thing?

    Yes, seriously. I was once on an assignment as a cub reporter and Jim was my photographer. His pics made my story look great. I spent hours on the road and on site with him. He was real then and I’m sure he’s still real decades later. I will be astonished if it were to turn out otherwise.

  8. #8 Ana
    October 1, 2008

    So Zeno, given your inside knowledge of the man, what do you think it is he’s been working on; this important story he and TED are breaking soon?

  9. #9 Ana
    October 1, 2008

    I posted my own war…er…fashion-show photography yesterday. Did you see?

  10. #10 themadlolscientist, FCD
    October 1, 2008

    Holy $#!+, welcome to Soviet Rethuglistan! Great set of pix, Ana.

    James Nachtwey TEDPrize

    James Nachtwey, one of the world’s greatest photojournalists and winner of the 2007 TEDPrize, received “one wish to change the world”:

    “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. You can help.

    James Nachtwey is preparing to reveal his photographs, which highlight a shocking and underreported global crisis. Over the past 18 months, the TED community have been working with James to gain access to locations he wished to photograph, and to prepare spectacular plans for unveiling these pictures….

    I subscribe to TEDTalks on iTunes, but I’m way behind on actually watching. I had no idea Nachtwey was cooking up something this big. For sure, I’m going to stay tuned.

  11. #11 Lauren
    May 12, 2009

    James Nachtwey is great. Here’s a cool interview of him with NEED magazine.