“I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.” James Natchwey from his website.
A quick post to let you know, if you don’t already, that James Natchwey has been awarded the third Dresden International Peace Prize. The award was presented to the photographer yesterday and is given on the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden during WWII in recognition of “extraordinary services by outstanding people who above all act preventively to help prevent escalations of violence”. Natchwey has been a TIME contract photographer since 1994 and is known for documenting “wars, conflicts and critical social issues”.
According to the TIMELightBox website Natchwey was “one of the first photographers on the ground in northern Japan, Dispatch from Japan: James Nachtwey’s Impressions in Words and covered the devastating effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami”. Nachtwey was also embedded with a United Stated Medevac unit in southern Afghanistan, Wings of Mercy, published in January 2011.
Images from his 1994 series When the World Turned Its Back: James Nachtwey’s Reflections on the Rwandan Genocide can also be seen at TIMELightBox where he reflects on the tragedy on its seventeenth anniversary. Natchwey also received a TED Prize in 2007 and gave a talk in March 2007 which can be viewed on the TED website.