Published to coincide with Nachtwey's first major retrospective at the ICP, Inferno revisits a career of harrowing photojournalism. From Rwanda and Somalia to Chechnya and Bosnia, Nachtwey's images close in on the human suffering that lies at the center of any conflict.
Inferno is also a masterpiece in strictly aesthetic terms. The power of Nachtwey's images transcends journalism. Bloody handprints on a living-room wall in Kosovo, the ghostly imprint of a Serb victim's vanished body on a floor, a Hutu with crazed eyes displaying the machete gashes he received for opposing the Tutsis' butchery, a howling orphan in a crib, one eye contracted in anger--these are compositions that depend, like Goya's, on the artist's skill as much as the subject's legitimate claim on our conscience.
Nachtwey's photographs make us capable of imagining that it could have happened to us. They are hard to forget, or forgive. --Tim Appelo
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Hardcover : 460 pages
Dimensions: 10.6 x 14.3 x 2.2 inches