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“I have never had any hero in my life or in photography. I just travel, I look and everything influences me. Everything influences me. I am quite different now than I was 40 years ago. For 40 years I have been traveling. I never stay in one country more than three months. Why? Because I was interested in seeing, and if I stay longer I become blind.”
“My camera was my entrance into another world…I had the rare privilege to see history firsthand.”
“I am always surprised and delighted by the photography showcased on Feature Shoot. The curation is excellent and there are unique, fresh and new voices every day. Lots of gems and moments of discovery. [Editor] Alison Zavos has terrific taste and the photography ranges from quirky to bold to sublime.”
“When someone dies, they die midsentence.”
“We have the freedom to do whatever we wish. Nothing is impossible. We have survived, simply by being born in the right place at the right time. In western culture, we easily forget how quickly things can be taken from us.”
All right then, imagine just this: You want to change the life of ONE person with a photograph. That alone is an enormous challenge, if you think about it. The short moment when you look through the viewfinder or at the tiny display, as you point the camera at something, and finally press the shutter button… that second is supposed to achieve something, to capture something and thus captivate, and thereby move somebody, or more so: even shake up the world?
How can that be possible? Who do you have to be to attempt such a thing? How… would you possibly go about it?!
James Nachtwey’s images give us an accurate idea of how he “goes about it,” in the true sense of the word: where others “just want to get out of here,” that’s where he goes. He travels, in principle, in the direction of places that other people are only desperately leaving from, or have already left in a hurry, or can’t leave anymore.”
“If I knew what the picture was going to be like I wouldn’t make it. It was almost like it was made already.. the challenge is more about trying to make what you can’t think of.”