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James Nachtwey »

war photographer

Exhibition: – 31 Oct 2003

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography


Tôkyô

The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Yebisu Garden Pl. 1-13-3 Mita Meguro-ku
153-0062 Tokyo

+81-3-32800099


topmuseum.jp

Tue-Sun 10-18; Thu, Fri -20

The Film   A film about the American photographer James Nachtwey, about his motivation, his fears and his daily routine as a war photographer. If we believe Hollywood pictures, war photographers are all hard-boiled and cynical old troopers. How can they think about 'exposure time' in the very moment of dread? James Nachtwey is no rumbling swaggerer, but an unobtrusive man with gray hair and the deliberation of a lecturer in philosophy. A thoughtful, rather shy person. But many people think of him as the bravest and best war photographer ever. Without a doubt he is the busiest. In the past twenty years he has not missed a single war. And he probably has seen more suffering and dying than anyone else of our time. After the world-wide success of the documentary "Ricardo, Miriam y Fidel", Swiss author, director and producer Christian Frei followed James Nachtwey for two years into the wars in Indonesia, Kosovo, Palestine... Christian Frei used special micro-cameras attached to James Nachtwey's photo-camera. We see a famous photographer looking for the decisive moment. We hear every breath of the photographer. For the first time in the history of movies about photographers, this technique allowed an authentic insight into the work of a concerned photo-journalist.