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An Unflinching Gaze

Renowned photojournalist James Nachtwey ‘70 was touted on the College’s website for his recent work in Time Magazine:

James Nachtwey Portrait.jpg

Photojournalist James Nachtwey ‘70, whose life’s work of recording the face of war and human conflict is archived at Dartmouth’s Hood Museum, has just completed “The Opioid Diaries,” published in a special edition of TIME magazine dedicated entirely to his photography.

TIME commissioned Nachtwey to document the U.S. opioid crisis, an addiction epidemic that kills nearly 64,000 people in America every year. In the introduction, the editors say that they turned to Nachtwey to take the story beyond statistics and to document the crisis through the people living it.

“The result is ‘The Opioid Diaries,’ the first issue in our 95-year history devoted entirely to one photographer’s work. This is a visual record of a national emergency—and it demands our urgent attention,” the editors write in the introduction.

Justly so. And at the same time as the Time piece appeared, a well mounted exhibition of Nachtwey’s entire oeuvre was closing at the Palazzo Reale in Milan — the city’s premier venue for temporary exhibitions:

James Nachtwey Exhibition.jpg

I was lucky to attend the last day of the show.

Addendum: See Nachtwey discussing his photographs about opioids here.


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