James Nachtwey : Peace Photographer
The ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, is a promoter of peace through his messages of peace. Recently, he has published a book entitled “When the Desert Blooms”, which has inspired many people to peace and has changed millions of lives since its publication in 2018. Among those who acted for peace, it is also worth noting the American war photo journalist, James Nachtwey. This article is an account of his early life, achievement and nonviolence initiatives.
His early life
James Nachtwey was born on March 14, 1948, in Syracuse, New York, U.S.A. He is renowned as a courageous photo journalist, capturing heartbreaking pictures of soldiers at wars, militants in conflicts, as well as civilians during social disturbances. Nachtwey studied art, history and political science at Dartmouth College.
After graduating, he served for many years in the merchant marine. Nachtwey has been involved in war photographing since he took photos of the Civil Rights movement in America and pictures from the Vietnam War. Using a Canon EOS-1V SLR film Camera and a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital Camera, he takes amazing war photos.
He got awards for taking war photos
James Nachtwey is devoted to capturing war scenes in order to show the atrocities of wars to the world. He has depicted many scenes from the wars in Bosnia Herzegovina, in Iraq, and in Afghanistan. As an anti-war photographer, he got two different awards:
- In 2003, he was a recipient of the Overseas Press Club's Robert Capa Gold Medal
- He has received a World Press Photo award.
- In 2010, he was awarded with a humanitarian award, together with the Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Liu Xiaobo, and the previous Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
- In 2012, Nachtwey was the recipient of the Dresden International Peace Prize, in Dresden, Germany. His photographs were then exhibited at the Military History Museum, Dresden, Germany.
James Nachtwey endeavors to the promotion of nonviolence
The war photos taken by James Nachtwey depict scenes from the Vietnam War, the American civil rights movement. In addition, he has shot many films depicting the 9/11 events, some of which are still unpublished. Such pictures are worth a thousand words, as the saying goes.
In fact, the photos of wounded soldiers and demolished sites have touched the heart of pacifists and peacekeepers throughout history. The war photo journalist has definitely witnessed and recorded several important events in mankind's history. His photos have played a key role in putting an end to violence as well as in drafting the UN Human Rights declaration.
Venturing his life at wars
The peace photographer, James Nachtwey, has been risking his life at the most violent wars to give an account of the violence in different war scenes. He has received many gunshots and has been wounded many times, losing a lot of blood. However, that has not kept him from undertaking his duties as an anti-war journalist. For him, sharing the sufferings of those who have been victims of a war is a way to promote the world into nonviolence.
In brief, the photojournalist initiatives in displaying the damages and losses from wars, conflicts and violence contribute to his promotion of the ceasefire. Prem Rawat says that peace is possible if each individual makes an effort to use their talent and work for global harmony.