Powerful photojournalism and the service the press provides in raising awareness of issues is no longer held in the regard that it once was. In his 2007 TED Prize acceptance speech, James Nachtwey not only displayed some of his haunting imagery and talked about its meaning, but discussed the duty the press has. It seems more and more relevant as time passes.
Having worked for over 40 years as a photojournalist, Nachtwey certainly has some stories to share. In the selection of images he walks through during this brief presentation, Nachtwey shares photographs from confrontations, famines, and even some documentary of social issues in his homeland of the United States. He discusses the role of documentary photography as a force for the sharing of human experience and as a way to have relatively objective parties helping to prevent the stifling of knowledge.
Whether you're a fashion photographer, landscape photographer, or any other type of artist, Nachtwey's words can encourage you to inject some form of meaning, message, emotion, or experience into your photography. His dedication to the sharing of the human condition is something that we can all learn from.
The video here is available in higher resolution on TED.com so you can see the images more clearly.
You can see more of Nachtwey's work on his website.