Nachtwey and the TED Prize

October 6th, 2008

A little over a year ago, leading conflict photographer James Nachtwey was one of three to win the TED Prize. The award was created as a way of taking the inspiration, ideas and resources generated at TED and use them to make a difference in the world.

In a video of his acceptance speech Nachtwey states, “Every story does not have to sell something. There’s also a time to give….I am a witness and I want my testimony to be honest and uncensored. I also want it to be powerful and eloquent and to do as much justice as possible to the experience of the people I’m photographing.”

Here is a link to the clip on the TED website.

And this is a YouTube of his images, his testimony to Extreme Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. If you want to read more on this, visit and, while you’re at it, order “Mountains Beyond Mountains.”

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