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Inferno by James Nachtwey // Review

“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 Nachtwey-

Inferno by James Nachtwey

Inferno by James Nachtwey

 Inferno by James Nachtwey

This book is a living reminder of the atrocities we witness every day. It is heavy, big, dark, intimidating and violent, as the moments it captures in his images.

This is not your typical bedtime story book, more a nightmare one. It is also not the standard beautiful photography book we place in the living room table for guests and friends to discover during drinks, since they might leave the house quickly.

James Nachtwey’s Inferno covers (in a brutal beautiful way) the human suffering from Rwanda, Somalia, Romania, Bosnia, Chechnya, India, Kosovo, etc, and features a period between 1990-99. With an introduction from author Luc Sante, Inferno was originally published in conjunction with an exhibition of Nachtwey’s work at the International Center of Photography in New York.

James Nachtwey, Chechnya, Ruins of central Grozny, 1996

James Nachtwey, Chechnya, Ruins of central Grozny, 1996

James Nachtwey was born in 1948, and is one of the world’s most highly respected photojournalists. His photographs have appeared regularly in Time, Life, Newsweek and National Geographic. This is the only major monograph for the five-time winner of the Robert Capa Medal for Photography.

The photojournalist believes that human beings will change for the better after seeing such inhumanity. I do not share this belief but I truly respect someone that devoted his life to witness all this suffering first hand so we could know it is true, that really happened.

The dichotomy between the beautiful pictures and the horror of the moments is breathtaking. A must have book for everyone that loves photografy, for everyone with soul, but a book to keep closed the majority of the time, like a Pandora Box.

 Book Credits

PHOTOGRAPHER: James Nachtwey
FOREWORD AUTHOR: Luc Sante
FORMAT: Hardcover
PAGES: 460
PUBLISHER: Phaidon
LANGUAGE: English
PUBLICATION DATE: January 1991

James Nachtwey, Rwanda, weapons used in the genocide, 1994

James Nachtwey, Rwanda, weapons used in the genocide, 1994

James Nachtwey, Zaire, children and war, 1994

James Nachtwey, Zaire, children and war, 1994

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One comment on “Inferno by James Nachtwey // Review

  1. Daniel Walker Photography
    August 7, 2014

    These shots are incredibly powerful, I love them!

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