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...the era of popular photography which began with the introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888 is that of the anonymous photograph...Both sitter and photographer may be no longer identifiable. Yet...these primative pictures are of great historic significance...Through them we have a detailed picture of everyday life of a kind never previously available. - Brian Coe, The Birth of Photography : The Story of the Formative Years, 1800-1900 by Biran Coe , ISBN: 0600562964
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I went to India in 1959 for what was meant to be four months and I stayed for fourteen years. I felt at home in India at once. Working as a photojournalist, I thought it was important to record the history, the people, all that I saw, and to preserve customs and ways of life that were disappearing. - Marilyn Silverstone
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I want to record history through the destiny of individuals who often belong to the least wealthy classes. I do not want to show war in general, nor history with a capital H, but rather the tragedy of a single man, of a family. - James Nachtwey
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I want to record history through the destiny of individuals who often belong to the least wealty classes. I do not want to show war in general, nor history with a capital H, but rather the tragedy of a single man, of a family. - James Nachtwey - Source: http://magnumphotos.com
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I want my work to become part of our visual history, to enter our collective memory and our collective conscience. I hope it will serve to remind us that history's deepest tragedies concern not the great protagonists who set events in motion but the countless ordinary people who are caught up in those events and torn apart by their remorseless fury. I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated. - James Nachtwey - International Center of Photography Press Release
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