James Nachtwey

The photograph by James Nachtwey is a great example of the single narrative photograph or photojournalism. The viewer can see the drama playing out, the confusion, the look of desperation on the faces of the refugees on the train trying to stay together as families or friends. The look of dismay by the man turning away from the train, the partially seen face of a woman or girl being trapped within the crowd. The children being carried on the shoulders of parents looking bemused by what is happening around them.

“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, photojournalist – quote from his website.

James Nachtwey is an American born photographer, he is a contract photographer for the magazine Time.





Ramallah, West Bank, 2000 – Palestinians fighting the Israeli army.

Web sites that includes a biography and examples of his work.



James Nachtwey – The Improviser


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