14 June — 15 September, 2019
Nachtwey's images focus on the impact of injustice and violence, yet they evoke a sense of compassion and sympathy. Within large-scale historical events of global impact, he documents intimate moments of humanity. His photographs can appear to have a formal completeness, but they are spontaneous, intuitive and often composed in a fraction of a second.
The photographs in the exhibition are arranged in narrative sequences that include many of Nachtwey's most prominent bodies of work.
"...because he has never stopped believing that there is a reason behind his work, because he has never stopped believing that his images have their greatest possible effect only if the eye and the heart behind them have unfailing faith in humanity and its ability for compassion. For all of these reasons and many more we should stop calling him a “war photographer.” Instead, look upon him as a man of peace, a man whose longing for peace makes him go to war and expose himself… in order to make peace" – Film director Wim Wenders when Nachtwey received the Dresden Prize.
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