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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



Born in 1948, Syracuse, USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2022 - (Upcoming June - August 2022) James Nachtwey, Gowen, Geneva, CH
2022 - Memoria, Fotografiska Museum, New York, USA
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
2022 - Waiting for Jim, Gowen, Geneva, CH
2022 - artgenève art fair, with Gowen, Geneva, CH
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

Selected Collections
Museum of Modern Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Minneapolis Museum of Art
Centre Pompidou
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Bibliothèque nationale de France