Inferno, Hardback Book
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This is the only major monograph of humanitarian and photojournalist James Nachtwey, five-time winner of the Robert Capa Medal for Photography.

Featuring brutally compassionate photographs taken from 1990-99, inspired by an overwhelming belief in the human possibility of change, this volume is a definitive selection from Nachtwey's astonishing portfolio.

It documents today's conflicts and their victims, from Somalia's famine to genocide in Rwanda, from Romania's abandoned orphans and 'irrecoverables' to the lives of India's 'untouchables', from war in Bosnia to conflict in Chechnya.

Inferno is an evocative visual insight into modern history, bringing it disturbingly close to our consciousness.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual photographers
  • ISBN: 9780714838151



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Heartsick, reeling, gasping, weeping. Human, flawed, broken, unable to atone, unable to understand, unable to explain. <br/><br/>This book exists. You exist. Therefore you have a responsibility to look at it, to bear witness, to take something of hope away from it. <br/><br/>Know, going into it, that nothing can ever be the same again. The seen cannot be unseen. These images will sear themselves into your psyche to simmer, and you will not be unchanged.