A Master's Milestone

Peter Hapak for TIME

Photographer James Nachtwey has spent his professional life in the places people most want to avoid: war zones and refugee camps, the city flattened by an earthquake, the village swallowed by a flood, the farm hollowed out by famine. Now marking his 30th year with TIME, Jim has seen and shared every manner of suffering, including the sudden shattering of 9/11, one of the rare days that Jim was actually at his home in lower Manhattan and could grab his cameras and do what he always does: run into the fire.

There is a particular art to capturing the places where...