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James Nachtwey

Members First Look

Afghanistan, Kaboul, 1996 © James Nachtwey Archive, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth

About the Event

Memoria looks back on the career of acclaimed photojournalist and war photographer, James Nachtwey (b. 1948). Beginning in 1981, James Nachtwey has dedicated his career to documenting wars, conflicts, and critical social issues. Nachtwey is a five time Overseas Press Club’s Robert Capa Gold Medal awardee, two time World Press Photo awardee and has received numerous other awards for his exceptional coverage of world events.

In the artists words:
For me, photography is not a way to impose on reality what I think I already know. It’s an exploration – one pair of eyes, one mind, one heart, moving through the real world in real time, trying to tell the stories of what happens to people, one-by-one, at the sharp end of history; stories that society needs in order to function properly; to assess contemporary events, to make well informed decisions, to continually learn about ourselves.

Eventually the scope of my work expanded beyond war, to include many other circumstances; where there were social injustices crying out to be corrected, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters requiring immediate action, health issues in need of greater attention.

Each photograph in this exhibition is a fragment of memory, captured within the continuum of the history I experienced. As we share these memories, we bear witness together. Let us not forget.

Members are invited to take a first look at Nachtwey’s exhibition, with a complimentary drink.

Content Warning: This exhibition includes violent and sensitive imagery.