By James Nachtwey with Luc Sante
Published in 1999 by Phaidon Press
Rating: 5 / 5
This is the only major monograph of humanitarian and photojournalist James Nachtwey, five-time winner of the Robert Capa Medal for Photography. Featuring brutally compassionate photographs taken from 1990-99, inspired by an overwhelming belief in the human possibility of change, this volume is a definitive selection from Nachtwey’s astonishing portfolio. It documents today’s conflicts and their victims, from Somalia’s famine to genocide in Rwanda, from Romania’s abandoned orphans and ‘irrecoverables’ to the lives of India’s ‘untouchables’, from war in Bosnia to conflict in Chechnya. Inferno is an evocative visual insight into modern history, bringing it disturbingly close to our consciousness.