turn to stone

If this were a perfect world, everybody would see the photographer James Nachtwey’s astonishing shows at the United Nations and at 401 Projects in the West Village.

So begins the New York Times article about James Nachtwey’s photo exhibition. I’ve been a longtime fan of Mr. Nachtwey’s work (even though I have no idea how to pronounce his name) and was lucky enough to own the NG magazine that featured his pictures of the war in Iraq.

I have always felt that Mr. Nachtwey’s pictures evoke a sense of terrible stillness. The kind of stillness that comes about when your heart and mind is trying to comprehend something that you in your sheltered, lucky world had never had to deal with. Always, always there is a small voice in my head that says, “there for the grace of God ….” after seeing his pictures.

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