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(Notes on) Politics, Theory & Photography: James Nachtwey & the Campaign Against XDRTB ... - 0 views

    29 October 2008
    James Nachtwey & the Campaign Against XDRTB ~ Caught in the Conventions of Photojournalism

    Family members provide much of the personal care at hospitals in
    the developing world. Photograph & Caption © James Nachtwey/VII

    Let's start with the obvious, since I want to talk about what I think are more important things. James Nachtwey is an extraordinarily talented photographer. In his work he has captured the dangers and depravities of war and famine and other forms of systematic, man-made devastation. And he's done so in ways that have proven both profound and powerful. It is perhaps only a slight overstatement to say that he is unrivaled. Yet, despite his own admirable aims, Nachtwey is operating within conventions that are highly constraining.
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