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James Nachtwey

Born: 14-Mar-1948
Birthplace: Syracuse, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Photographer, Journalist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: War photographer

Military service: US Merchant Marine

The work of self-taught photographer James Nachtwey has been described as "a guided tour of hell". His photos have captured catastrophe and war from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Ground Zero in New York, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, the West Bank, and Zaire. In Baghdad in 2003, he was seriously injured when a grenade was thrown into the vehicle he was riding in. He has never married, and little is known of his personal life, by Nachtwey's choice. "I don't want people to be concerned about me," he has said. "I want them to be concerned about the people in the pictures."

    High School: Leominster High School, Leominster, MA (1966)
    University: BA Art History, Dartmouth College (1970)

    Dan David Prize 2003
    Time Photographer (1984-)
    National Press Photographers Association
    Royal Photographic Society

    War Photographer (2001)

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Author of books:
Deeds of War (1989, photo collection)
Portfolio: Civil Wars (1997, photo collection)
Inferno (2000, photo collection)

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