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A young man holding a rifle running into a crouch surrounded by photographers.
War Photographer


Presented with the Melbourne Writers Festival

War Photographer


24 Aug - 28 Aug

American war photographer James Nachtwey once said, "Every minute I was there, I wanted to flee. I did not want to see this. Would I cut and run, or would I deal with the responsibility of being there with a camera?"

A true artist considered by many to be the best war photographer ever, Nachtwey is the subject of this stunning documentary that puts us as close to the centre of his mind as we can get. His fine work and career are discussed to camera by some of journalism’s great practitioners.

Tickets: $13 - $17. Member Discounts Available.
  • Nachtwey’s style is instantly recognisable; where his images lack beauty, there lies a deep, deep resonance. While it’s difficult to look at his work, it’s almost impossible to take your eyes off any individual piece. The photographs are filled with a detail and clarity that is mesmerising, a simplicity reflected in the artist’s words and approach which are explored  in this remarkable film.

    Along with interviews from Nachtwey we hear from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Stern magazine’s Hans-Hermann Klare, Geo Saison magazine’s Christiane Breustedt and Reuters cameraman Des Wright. Along with the stunning images of conflicts from around the world, we come close to understanding the personal toll and philosophy required to deal with the most confronting truths.

    Oscar© nominee - Best Documentary

    “Nachtwey clears the cynicism right out of you. He makes you realize that deep inside righteousness can be found a tough beauty.” – New York magazine