James Nachtwey

Another James, and a more serious one as well.James Nachtweyis the world conscious of photographing. He’s seen more misery, more death, more suffering than most people. Before we met I prepared by reading his mammoth book Inferno; or, shall I say, watched it. Because it’s his pictures that tell the stories. I had also seen the documentaryWar Photographer, which gave me a pretty good insight of the life of Nachtwey.

Nachtwey is by far the most concerned person I have interviewed, and it was a relief to talk about things that really matter, beyond the usual topics I normally cover. I got the impression that Nachtwey smiles only occationly, a rare quality these days.