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War Photographer2001

  • 4.6
The great photojournalist Robert Capa said "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." James Nachtwey, a committed, shy man, considered one of the bravest and most important war photographers of our time, has been close enough for over 20 years - a period in which he has not missed a single war. WAR PHOTOGRAPHER follows Nachtwey for two years to hot spots including Kosovo, the West Bank, and Indonesia, as he searches for a picture he thinks he can publish. Special video micro-cameras were attached to Nachtwey's still camera, a technique which allowed viewers, for the first time in the history of movies about photographers, the most intimate insight into the work of a photojournalist.

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Member Reviews (1)

For a while, I watched the film in small doses as it was hard to bear, the scenes of war, poverty, suffering too intense. Eventually the story of the photographer's life, his motivations his genuine humanity becomes the narrative, even as the stark scenes continue. It was absorbing, well worth watching, impactful. I appreciate the photographers and all those who put this documentary together -- a real contribution.