JAMES NACHTWEY



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James Nachtwey, Chechnya, 1996, archival pigment print, 100% cotton fiber paper, Ed. of 30


"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 —


"I believe in the power of information [...]. My work is intended to be in the mass media at the time [the] events are taking place, so it becomes part of people’s daily dialogue. But a secondary use for the pictures is to be contemplated outside of that context. As much as photography is about a single moment, it's also timeless. When you see pictures isolated from the news, you contemplate them in a different way."
// From the Interview "I believe in the power of information": James Nachtwey in conversation with Hilary Roberts, 05 March 2020

JAMES NACHTWEY


Biography

Born in 1948, Syracuse, USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 - Memoria, Fotografiska Museum, Sweden
2018 - Memoria, Maison Européenne de la photographie, France
2018 - Memoria, Palazzo Reale, Italiy
2017 - Pietas, Palazzo della Ragione, Italy
2010 - Inferno - l’occhio testimone, Palazzo Mediceo di Stranezza, Italy
2010 - Struggle to Live - The Fight Against TB, 401 Project, New York, USA
2009 - Struggle for life, Max-Planck-Institut, Germany
2008 - Anti-war photographer, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg
2007 - Testimony, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Netherland
2007 - The Sacrifice, 401 Project, New York, USA
2006 - War Photographer, Kunstsammlung Jena, Germany
2006 - War Photographer, Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery, Russia
2005 - War, Palazzo Arese Borromeo, Italy
2005 - Fahey/Klein Gallery, California, USA
2005 - War photographer, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg
2005 - War photographer, Palazzo Magnani, Italy
2004 - Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Germany
2004 - War photographer, C/O Berlin, Germany
2003 - Testimony, Southeast Museum, Florida, USA
2003 - War Photographer, Museum of Photography, Japan
2003 - Kriegsfotograf, Literaturhaus München, Germany
2003 - l’œil témoin, Bibliothèque Nationale, France
2002 - Testimony, Museum of Photographic Arts, California, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 - The Human Cost: America’s drug plague, Bronx Documentary center, USA
2020 - ZEIT-ZEUG*INNEN – ICONS OF PHOTOJOURNALISM 1932 – 1986, Photography in Berlin, Germany
2019 - Striking Moments in Photojournalism, Photobastei, Zurich, Switzerland
2018 - Beyond the Air We Breathe, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Thailand
2017 - The Photograph as Witness: Documents of Conflict, Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, USA
2013 - Minne mich gewaltig/Ah, Lord love me passionately, Teutloff Museum, Bielefeld, Germany
2013 - Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany
2011 - L’ombre de la guerre, HOST Gallery, Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris, France
2010 - Engaged Observers : Documentary Photography since the Sixties, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
2009 - Taboo, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
2009 - Taboo, Art Tower, Mito, Japan
2008 - Photographic Figures, Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2008 - Humankind, Hasted Kraeutler, New York, USA
2006 - Men, War & Peace, ICP Center of Photography, New York, USA
2007 - Newton, Nachtwey, La Chapelle: Men, War Peace, Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany
2007 - Pioneers in Photography, Lianzhou Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China
2007 - Blue Stag Hype, Città di Cesano Maderno, Italy
2006 - In Our Time: The World as Seen by Magnum Photographers, Portland, Museum of Art, USA
2006 - MARTa Herford, Germany
2006 - To the Human Future - Flight from the Dark Side, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Japan
2005 - Tsunami, Fondazione Sozzani, Milano, Italy
2005 - The Pain of War, Mead Art Museum, USA
2005 - El Salvador : Work of Thirty Photographers, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
2005 - Double Vision - 1st Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Centre de Cultura Contemporània, Lianzhou Photo Festival, China
2005 - Foto & Photo 2005, Città di Cesano Maderno, Italy
2005 - Welt-Bilder, Helmhaus, Zurich
2005 - HeroesMARTa Herford, Germany
2005 - World Press Photo, , Fondazione Sozzani, Italy
2004 - The Pain of War, Mead Art Museum, USA
2004 - Photography for Amnesty, Netherlands Photo Museum, NL
2004 - War - New York, Kabul; Baghdad, Visual Gallery Photokina, Germany
2004 - En Guerra, Centre de Cultura Contemporània, Spain
2004 - WAR by VII | USA - AFGHANISTAN - IRAQ, War Photo Limited, Dubrovnik, Croatia
2004 - Intercontinental, OMC Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Düsseldorf, Germany
2004 - Inviati di guerra - otto reportages fotografici 1991-2003, Scavi Scaligeri, Verona, Italy
2003 - 60 Exhibitions : Breda Photo 2003, Breda Photo, Breda, Nederland
2003 - Unveiled / Enthüllt, OMC Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Düsseldorf, Germany

Selected Awards and Honors
2019 - Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement, Washington, USA
2016 - Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, Spain
2012 - Dresden Peace Prize, Dresden, Germany
2007 - TED Prize
2006 - 12th Annual Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities from the Heinz Family Foundation, USA
2003 - Dan David Prize, Israel
2001 - Academy Award (best documentary film), USA
1999 - Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, United Kingdom
1998 - Robert Capa Gold Medal, Overseas Press Club, USA
1995 - World Press Photo of the Year, Amsterdam, Netherland
1994 - Robert Capa Gold Medal, Overseas Press Club
1993 - World Press Photo of the Year, Amsterdam, Netherland
1986 - Robert Capa Gold Medal, Overseas Press Club, USA
1984 - Robert Capa Gold Medal, Overseas Press Club, USA
1983 - Robert Capa Gold Medal, Overseas Press Club, USA