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A document of war and strife during the 1990s, this volume of photographs by the photojournalist James Nachtwey includes dramatic and shocking images of human suffering in Rwanda, Somalia, Romania, Bosnia, Chechnya and India, a well as photographs of the conflict in Kosovo. An essay by the author Luc Sante is included. The book is published to coincide with an exhibition o ...more
Hardcover, 460 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Phaidon Press
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Melody
Sep 19, 2010 Melody rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Humans
Recommended to Melody by: Timothy Decker
Heartsick, reeling, gasping, weeping. Human, flawed, broken, unable to atone, unable to understand, unable to explain.

This book exists. You exist. Therefore you have a responsibility to look at it, to bear witness, to take something of hope away from it.

Know, going into it, that nothing can ever be the same again. The seen cannot be unseen. These images will sear themselves into your psyche to simmer, and you will not be unchanged.
Erin
May 27, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible book. I have the large format hard cover from Phaidon and I highly recommend it because the quality of the photographs is incredible. While this is painful at times to read or look at, it is also an amazing testament to what people go through.
Timothy
Sep 18, 2010 Timothy rated it it was amazing
I bought this book sight unseen the instant it was published. I was vaguely familiar with Nachtwey’s work, at that point in my life I was suffering under the delusion that my photography skills would translate into world shattering images. A delusion thankfully dispelled by Inferno. However, it was Nachtwey’s ethical demeanor that made me seek out this volume. There’s something fascinating about such a quiet man with unshakable conviction, a hyper-accurate moral compass and a gift for visual com ...more
Ahmed
Jul 21, 2012 Ahmed rated it it was amazing
Brilliant photography, great important book. I call it the book of the dead. its so depressing and so real.
Tim
May 09, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
The heaviest book on earth. Oh my fuck what this guy has seen. And what a photographer!

Remember that scene from Pirates of the Caribbean? I think it's supposed to be, sort of, the heart of the film, where the pirates are all in a quandary and don't know what to do. So they ask the old pirate played by Keith Richards something to the effect of: "You've been all around the world, sailed all the seas, stared into the darkest of human hearts? What would you do?"

It's so obvious those lines are writte
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Liz Paton
Sep 26, 2007 Liz Paton rated it it was amazing
This is a book of photographs taken by James Nachtwey, famous (Anti) War photographer. He is probablly the best photojournalist ever and his photos are an honest and personal account to the horrors of war, poverty, and famine. It's difficult to look at his pictures and not be overcome by emotion but he maintains a hopefulness for humanity that is always apparent in his work. I am amazed that when faced with such horrendous situations he can manage to compose a beautiful and rich photograph but h ...more
Kathleen
Aug 30, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Horrifying!
Gabrielle
Nov 05, 2008 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing
The man who published this book is a great/ famous phtographer. he photgraphs for time magazine- on a variety of social topics. The pictures in this book are graphic and gruesome. it was meant to be a coffee table talk picture book. its made up of pictures reflecting poverty, war, genocide, etc. while it gets you to think and talk about the issues which he photographed, some of the pictures will literally shock the consicence.
aisha
Jul 23, 2007 aisha marked it as to-read
if you have some extra time on your hands and your not looking for some sort of escapism, watch "war photographer."

this guy is unbelievable, and the documentary shows only a piece of him. his photographs are disturbing and beautiful.
Jim
Dec 02, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing


The heaviest Book in my shelf. It Shows The real live without any make up. Nachtway is The Master of war. A Must have Book.
John
Mar 19, 2008 John added it
Nachtwey's photos are beautiful and ugly. Please view them and think about what we choose to offer humanity.
S.
Nov 26, 2008 S. rated it liked it
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Ugh, talk about big impact. I couldn't wait to put it down. Actually, more like hide it from the children.
Joeri
Aug 16, 2007 Joeri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: photography
Beautiful and haunting. Challenges one's view of the world both ideologically and visually.
Dedra
Nov 29, 2007 Dedra rated it it was amazing
Whenever I get to feeling sorry for myself I open this book...
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