“To turn our backs is a form of acceptance.” The new issue of Berlin interview magazine mono.kultur featuring the legendary war photographer James Nachtwey has been a long time in the making (two-and-a-half years in fact). But as it happens, it could not have been released at a more relevant moment, with a new wave of terror in form of the IS shaking up the Middle East, frontlines between Russia and the West hardening and Ebola wreaking havoc in West Africa. All of which are themes of the kind that Nachtwey has dedicated his life to for more than 30 years. Inspired by the press images from the Vietnam War that told a very different story to the official government statements, Nachtwey found a calling that would see him document the effects of war, terror and disease in the hope of raising awareness and inspiring intervention and change. As such, his photographs are neither easy to look at nor easy to forget.
52 pages, 15 x 20cm, softcover, mono.kultur (Berlin)