Monday, December 21, 2009

War Photographer

Don't mean to be a downer, but just saw this documentary called "War Photographer," about a guy named James Nachtwey. Really heavy shit, but pretty amazing. Raises all kinds of questions, not only about him and his work, but about the rest of us who view it and how we view it. I also checked out a book of his stuff called "Inferno." This clip isn't an official trailer, but it'll give you a feel for the film.

The one thing missing from the clip that was particularly interesting, was they attached a microcamera to the body of his camera (the still image above). So as he is taking photos--and these photos are INTENSE--you see exactly what he's looking at, how he's framing it up, how close he is to this immense sadness and destruction and pain. Highly recommended.

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