James Nachtwey – Written Biography
James Nachtwey was born in 1948, and is a very influential American Photojournalist. He covered many different wars, social issues and armed conflicts in places like: South Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union shooting pictures of war, conflict and famine, and images of socio-political issues in Western Europe and the United States.
In 1994, he covered the elections in South Africa, the first non-racial ones in decades. He was at the place where Ken Oosterbroek was killed and Greg Marinovich was injured.
Nachtwey received a serious, and his first, combat injury when he was riding in a humvee with the USA army’s “tomb radiers” platoon on location in Iraq, when an enemy soldier threw a grenade into the vehicle. In the vehicle was Nachtwey, Time correspondant Michael Weisskopf and two soldiers. Weisskopf grabbed the grenade to throw it out of the vehicle, when it exploded in his hand. Everyone in the vehicle was injured. Nachtwey managed to get his camera and tae a few pictures of Weisskopf being treated before he passed out. They were both airlifted away and Nachtwey recovered signifcantly, and returned to cover the Tsunami n Asia of December 26th 2004.
Nachtwey has worked with time magazine since 1984. He worked for Black Star for 5 years, and was a member of MAGNUM from 1986 until 2001. In 2001, he was a founding member of VII.
Nachtwey was present for the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001. From his photographs of this event, he compiled a well known body of work. He also created a photo essay on the effects of conflict on the citizens of Sudan.