New James Nachtwey Exhibition Shows War’s Tragic Effects

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An exhibition of some of TIME contract photographer James Nachtwey’s most iconic photographs has opened at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H.

Bringing together images shot in Afghanistan before and after the 9/11 attacks, as well as in Iraq and at Ground Zero, the exhibition reveals war’s tragic effects on combatants and civilians alike.

“James Nachtwey’s photographs have been the standard-bearers for documentary photography for more than 30 years,” says Kurt Sundstrom, the exhibition’s curator. “While most war photography exhibitions focus on combat photography, Witness to History reminds everyone of the struggles our troops face when they come back to the States.”

“His photographs have the capacity to change a stubborn mind, open a closed heart and motivate the indifferent,” he adds.

The Currier Museum of Art acquired the original prints with support from the Henry Melville Fuller Acquisition Fund.

Witness to History: James Nachtwey is open until December 14, 2015.

Mourning a brother killed by a Taliban rocket, Afghanistan, 1996James Nachtwey
Collapse of the South Tower, Church of St. Peter on Church St. and Barclay, September 22, 2001James Nachtwey
Firefighters at Ground Zero, 2001James Nachtwey
Sign in Times Square, 2001James Nachtwey
Statue of Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein toppled in Firdos Square, Baghdad, April 9, 2003James Nachtwey
Soldier holding bank robber at gunpoint, Baghdad, 2003James Nachtwey
Derek McGinnis, who lost a leg in Iraq, tries surfing for the first time, in Pismo Beach, Calif., October 2006. James Nachtwey
Staff Sgt. Jason Welsh, 2006James Nachtwey
Wounded Afghan Children, 2011James Nachtwey

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