October 9, 2015 5:17 PM EDT

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.

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