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All Quotes by author - James Nachtwey
" I became a photographer in order to be a war photographer, and a photographer involved in what I thought were critical social issues. From the very beginning this was my goal. "
" I began after college, about 1972. I began to teach myself photography. I went to work for a local newspaper for four years as a kind of basic training. "
" I don't believe there's any such thing as objective reality. It's only reality as we experience it. "
" I don't think tragic situations are necessarily devoid of beauty. "
" If I'm feeling outraged, grief, disbelief, frustration, sympathy, that gets channeled through me and into my pictures and hopefully transmitted to the viewer. "
" If there is something occurring that is so bad that it could be considered a crime against humanity, it has to be transmitted with anguish, with pain, and create an impact in people - upset them, shake them up, wake them out of their everyday routine. "
" If you want to connect with people who are in distress and great grief and scared, you need to do it in a certain way. I move kind of slow. I talk kind of slow. I let them know that I respect them. "
" I'm half deaf. I have nerve damage and a constant ringing in both of my ears, and there are certain times and conditions when I can hardly hear at all. "
" I try to use whatever I know about photography to be of service to the people I'm photographing. "
" None of the editors I've worked with have ever asked me to pull my punches. They've never asked me to give them anything other than my own interpretation of events. "
" Starvation and disease are the original weapons of mass destruction. When you burn fields and kill animals, people are left vulnerable. "
" When the truth is spoken, it doesn't need to be adorned. It just needs to be simply stated, and often it only needs to be said once. "
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