James Nachtwey
[Photographer, b. 1948, Syracuse, New York, lives in New York.]

 Is it possible to put an end to a form of human behavior which has existed throughout history by means of photography? The proportions of that notion seem ridiculously out of balance. Yet, that very idea has motivated me. 
 The greatest statesmen, philosophers, humanitarians… have not been able to put an end to war. Why place that demand on photography? 
 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. 
 You are never freer than in that moment when you decide to expose yourself to sniper fire. 
 Do we really need another picture of Paris Hilton or Naomi Campbell? 
 For me the strength of photography lies in its ability to evoke humanity. If war is an attempt to negate humanity, then photography can be perceived as the opposite of war. 
 I used to call myself a war photographer. Now I consider myself as an antiwar photographer. 
 If I can upset people, if I can ruin their day, then I have done my job. 
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