Old is Gold - Famine in Somalia - 1992
Chiiz|Volume 43
About James Nachtwey: The Photojournalist
Maushi Journal

Photographs of the Vietnam War and the American Civil Rights movement inspired him to become a photographer. While teaching himself photography, he worked as a truck driver and as an apprentice news film editor.

In 1980, after working for several years as a newspaper photographer in New Mexico, he moved to New York to begin a career as a freelance magazine photographer. His first foreign assignment was to cover civil strife in Northern Ireland in 1981 during the IRA hunger strike.

Since then, Nachtwey has devoted himself to documenting wars, conflicts, and critical social issues, photographing ordinary people in the cause of history. He has worked on extensive photographic essays in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Russia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Romania, Brazil, and the United States.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM CHIIZView All

Understanding Flash Photography: How to Shoot Great Photographs Using Electronic Flash

Understanding Flash Photography: How to Shoot Great Photographs Using Electronics is a guide to on- and off-camera flash picks up wherever Peterson’ previous title, Understanding Exposure, left off--helping free photographers from the constraints of automotive vehicles to induce the pictures they need once natural light isn’t enough.

3 mins read
Chiiz
Volume 52

Dried and Dusted

The West Bengal state of India has always been known for its rich culture and diversity. This innate taste and style is reflected in their dishes too. Their cuisine is essentially. A lot of its flavours and masala mixes have been handed down from over a thousand years and Bengalis to this day retain those recipes which make them truly “shonar Bangla” dishes.

2 mins read
Chiiz
Volume 52

Old is Gold

Mushroom Cloud Over Nagasaki, Lieutenant Charles Levy | 1945

3 mins read
Chiiz
Volume 52

Chasing Ice (2012)

Director: Jeff Orlowski Music director: J. Ralph Producers: Jerry Aronson, Jeff Orlowski Cinematography: Jeff Orlowski

3 mins read
Chiiz
Volume 52

Old is Gold

Untitled Film Still 21, Cindy Sherman | 1978

3 mins read
Chiiz
Volume 51

Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are

Book Review

3 mins read
Chiiz
Volume 51

Proof (1991)

Movie Review

3 mins read
Chiiz
Volume 51

Night Photography and Light Painting: Finding Your Way in the Dark by Lance Keimig

Book Review

2 mins read
Chiiz
Volume 50

Old is Gold

Falling Man (2001) by Richard Drew

2 mins read
Chiiz
Volume 50

Vibrant Festivities

Bengal is known as a land of festivities, where religious ceremonies outnumber the months in the calendar.

2 mins read
Chiiz
Volume 50
RELATED STORIES

Finding Home

Our writer reconciles her family and her future on the path to Harding Icefield.

5 mins read
Backpacker
May - June 2021

Ship or sail?

A cruising couple faces their toughest decision in 12 years of world voyaging

9 mins read
Ocean Navigator
January/February 2020

சோமாலியாவுக்குப் படைகளை அனுப்பும் அமெரிக்கா

சோமாலியாவில் அல் கொய்தாவின் ஆதரவு அமைப்பான 'அல்அஷபாப் பயங்கரவாத அமைப்பு இயங்கி வருகிறது.

1 min read
Tamil Mirror
May 18, 2022

Al-Shabaab attacks African Union base in Somalia

HEAVILY armed Al-Shabaab jihadists stormed an African Union (AU) base in Somalia on Tuesday, triggering a fierce firefight that caused an unknown number of casualties, a local military commander and witnesses said.

1 min read
The Morning Standard
May 04, 2022

Climate crisis is an issue of racial injustice, says Khan

The global climate crisis is a matter of racial injustice, the mayor of London has warned, as new research reveals that black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are most at risk of being affected by harmful emissions in the capital. Areas of London with minority ethnic populations of more than 50 per cent are more likely to face the highest climate risk in London, including flooding, exposure to toxic air, heat risk and limited access to green space, analysis from City Hall shows.  

4 mins read
The Independent
March 18, 2022

Between the lines

Warsan Shire is poetry’s new superstar, and Beyoncé’s writer of choice; Bernardine Evaristo is a Booker-winning champion of rising talent. They swap notes on class, impostor syndrome and working in front of the TV

10+ mins read
The Guardian Weekly
March 04, 2022

Fleeing drought thousands trek to Somalia's capital

Somalis who fled drought-stricken areas carry their belongings as they arrive at a makeshift camp on the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu, Somalia

2 mins read
The New Indian Express Chennai
February 13, 2022

Eight dead after car bomb explosion by Somalia airport

A CAR bomb has exploded outside the international airport in Somalia’s capital, killing at least eight people and wounding nine others, a local doctor said.

1 min read
Manchester Evening News
January 13, 2022

8 killed as car bomb hits outside Mogadishu airport in Somalia

A car bomb exploded on Wednesday outside the international airport in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, killing at least eight people and wounding nine others, a local doctor said.

1 min read
The New Indian Express Chennai
January 13, 2022

Somalia tug-of-war could turn violent; nations raise alarm

SOMALIA’S neighbours and Western countries have expressed alarm over an intensifying row between the country’s president and prime minister as heavily armed factions patrolled parts of the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, raising fears that the political crisis could become violent.

1 min read
The Morning Standard
December 29, 2021