About James Nachtwey:
- Born in Massachusetts, USA, March 14, 1948
- Began photographing as a newspaper photojournalist for The Albuquerque Journal in New Mexico (1976), and later moved to New York to become a freelance photographer (1980)
- Some of his biggest influences were photographs of the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War
- Traveled to Ireland to cover the IRA Hunger Strike as his first foreign assignment (1981)
- Injured due to an insurgent grenade while covering the US invasion of Iraq, but healed in order to later travel to Southeast Asia to cover the Boxing Day tsunami (2001)
- Has also done work in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Russia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Romania, Brazil and the United States
Nachtwey's work displayed the darker more depressing sides of current events. Nachtwey utilized darker colors and makes the subjects of his photos rather obvious; he tends to use leading lines and the rule of thirds quite often. His photos all contained very somber tones in order to open the eyes of his audience to the larger predicaments of the world.