One way or another; James Nachtwey is one of those photographers that crosses your path in life and you will never forget the footsteps he has forged on this planet. Nachtwey is known around the world for delivering some of the most profound photos that we see in today's and yesterday's magazines like national geographic or the Times.
This multi-honoured photographer has literally taken us to the end of the world documenting wars, civil strife and other social conflicts, and back to his own backyard in New York where he was inevitably caught in the disaster of 9/11.
He's a man with very few words and humble at heart. The intensity to his photos leave you speechless and in awe, forcefully carving a new path of compassion into your hearts.
If you're a photographer or just curious about photography I highly recommend researching some more about Nachtwey. Also, something else to consider would be his documentary "War Photographer" or his book "Deeds of War." They are both equally powerful in description, one visually and the other literary of course. In their own ways, both document the crude and horrific casualties of war.
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I discovered Dorothea Lange during my last year of high school when I was tasked with finding and writing an essay about a photographer, any photographer. Learning of her past and her involvement during the Great Depression has made a large impact on the way I take pictures to this day. I've always been intrigued with black and white photography, but Lange has a way of telling phenomenal stories through her camera lens.
Although there's nothing phenomenal about the Great Depression, much of its history wouldn't have been covered thoroughly had it not been for her torturous journey.
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A compilation of my photography influence.