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War Photographer

A FotoTV Preview

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From the 'War photographer' website: A film about the American photographer James Nachtwey, about his motivation, his fears and his daily routine as a war photographer. If we believe Hollywood pictures, war photographers are all hard-boiled and cynical old troopers. How can they think about 'exposure time' in the very moment of dread? Swiss author, director and producer Christian Frei followed James Nachtwey for two years into the wars in Indonesia, Kosovo, Palestine... Christian Frei used special micro-cameras attached to James Nachtwey's photo-camera. We see a famous photographer looking for the decisive moment. We hear every breath of the photographer. For the first time in the history of movies about photographers, this technique allowed an authentic insight into the work of a concerned photo-journalist. Christian Frei, the author and director of this film gave us the permission to make our own 10min FotoTV cut which we are presenting here.


It has changed something...

in me... after I have watched the whole film. It is really a documentary that is more than worth watching. After watching the film I had to think many hours... about the meaning of photography and the meaning of my own pictures. And everything seemed to be meaningless. When you look at the pictures of James Nachtwey and you begin to feel the pain of the people... you asked yourself: Why do I photograph my cat? Why do I photograph a bench? Why do I photograph models? Why do I photograph this and that...? The similarity might be... that you picture your moments and your point of view. But since I have watched this film... Something really has changed... big time.