War Photographer (2001)

 |  Documentary, War  |  2001 (USA)
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Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.


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Complete credited cast:
Chief International Correspondent CNN
Hans-Hermann Klare ...
Foreign Editor STERN Magazine
Christiane Breustedt ...
Editor in Chief GEO SAISON Magazine
Des Wright ...
Cameraman REUTERS
Denis O'Neill ...
Screenwriter / Jim's Best Friend


Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey, considered by many the greatest war photographer ever.

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James Nachtwey: 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.
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Composed by David Darling
Performed by David Darling, Cello
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a world full of voices through the eyes of a silent man
22 December 2004 | by (jakarta) – See all my reviews

One of the most profound aspect i found in this documentary, is the use of sound. I think it's one of the best, if not most calculated sound editing ever done, since the film supposed to focus on images. It's quite easy to overlook that, and will be forgiven even. But rather, the production teams managed to reflect the personality of James Nachtwey in result. A distant man, watching from a far, though awfully trying to get as near as possible, ... to get involved.

Personally i think, a lot, not all mind you, people misunderstood him. The reviews here reflect that. They might think that he have some personal agendas. Since i believe no people can escape side effects of wars, unless they're the ones who inflict them, i believe James have been greatly changed by his experience, in better or worse terms i have no idea, but he cannot run from it. He has to come back, to experience it all over again, to feel alive. It's vampirism all right, but not from the material, or the moral angle. He simply needs that sense of purpose, to live, and to fulfill his life, with higher aims to reach. I imagined he lost that sense a lot of times, and that must be painful.

For whatever reason he seems to have , it all comes down to this basic human need, to find their purpose, takes the journey and try to fulfill it. This is a reminder of that, for all of us. And for that, i am grateful for this film.

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