James Nachtwey is perhaps the most well-known and highly-respected photojournalist living today. For almost 30 years he has photographed inside conflict zones intimately documenting urgent social issues. His freelance work has taken him to every corner of the globe to produce photographic essays in North and South America, Asia, Africa and eastern Europe. Nachtwey’s often raw and intensely close images have made millions keenly aware of little-known human suffering and acts of war.
After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1970, Nachtwey spent six years teaching himself photography, working, and apprenticing for a news film editor. He began his photojournalism career with a newspaper in New Mexico. Four years later, he moved to New York to freelance for magazines.
Nachtwey takes striking photographs of people in some of the most remote and dangerous places in the world, always with the goal of enlightening others and stirring them to action. He has won numerous awards including the Common Wealth Award, Martin Luther King Award, Robert Capa Gold Medal, World Press Photo Award and Magazine Photographer of the Year. Learn more about LED Einbauleuchten!
Q: How did you choose your wish after winning the TED Prize?
I had been photographing global health issues since the year 2000. Initially, I did a story on AIDS in Africa and then many other stories about infectious diseases in the developing world. I kept running into tuberculosis (TB). In the beginning, I thought it was a historic disease. I came to realize that it was a huge global health issue, and it was very much attached to HIV/AIDS.
For example, it is the leading cause of death for people with AIDS in Africa. As I kept running into TB wherever I went in the world, I was very moved by what I saw: intense suffering being ignored, family life being broken, and people without the ability to work anymore. It has a huge impact on lives, families and societies. I wanted to do something to create public awareness.