“In the midst of the wreckage at ground zero, I had a realisation. I’d been photographing in the Islamic world since 1981. Not only in the Middle East, but in Africa, Asia and Europe. At the time I was photographing in these different places, I thought I was covering separate stories. But on 9/11, history crystallised, and I understood I’d actually been covering a single story for more than 20 years and the attack on New York was its latest manifestation.” James Nachtwey, TED talk, 2007.
The above quote is from photographer James Natchwey, who, like many photographers of my generation, was one of the people whose work inspired me to become a photojournalist.
The quote is from Nachtwey’s 2007 TED talk, and he is speaking about the experience of covering the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGKZhNK_pHw&feature=youtu.be)
Nachtwey will be speaking at the Reportage Festival in Sydney this coming June 9, and tickets are now available here: http://www.vividsydney.com/events/james-nachtwey-testimony-presented-by-canon-australia-in-co-ordination-with-reportage/
It’s going to be just one part of what is shaping up to be a pretty amazing lineup for Reportage, which I’m super excited to be part of the creative team for. Can’t wait to be back in Sydney in May to get cracking on the projections!