James Nachtwey
The Unvanquished

through 30 June 2008

In association with LOOK3 Festival
InSight Conversation with the artist
at the Paramount, Saturday, 14 June | 4 – 6 pm

and special exhbition hours
Saturday, 14 June | 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday, 15 June | 11 am – 2 pm

Regular exhibtion hours thereafter
11–5, Tuesday – Saturday, and by appointment

Read Andy Grundberg’s review of the Les Yeux du Monde exhibition and LOOK3 of the University of Virginia Art Museum blog;

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James Natchtwey decided to teach himself photography after seeing images from Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement. Upon graduating from Dartmouth he worked as a truck driver and on merchant ships, acquiring skills that would prove useful in his chosen occupation. After working as a newspaper photographer in New Mexico, he moved to New York in 1980.

He has been a contract photographer with Time Magazine since 1984, was a member of Magnum from 1986 – 2001, and is one of the founding members of the photo agency, VII. The late Richard Avedon called his book Inferno "the most painful and beautiful book in the history of photography." In 2007 Nachtwey was one of three winners of the TED Prize, an award "dedicated to ideas worth spreading".

Nachtwey’s work has been exhibited internationally, and his numerous honors include the Robert Capa Gold Medal (five times), the World Press Photo Award (twice), Magazine Photographer of the Year (seven times), the ICP Infinity Award (three times), and the 12th annual Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities.

"Along with bravery and perseverance, Mr. Nachtwey’s pictorial virtue makes him a model war photographer. He doesn’t mix up his priorities. His goal is to bear witness, because somebody must, and his pictures, devised to infuriate and move people to action, are finally about us, and our concern or lack of it, at least as much they are about him and his obvious talents." — Michael Kimmelman, New York Times