A Letter From The Publisher: May 7, 1984

What motivates a person to go into the world's most dangerous and violent places, to share the risks of soldiers in battle or civilians caught in war's destruction, in order to record such sights on film? Photographer James Nachtwey makes it sound simple. Says he: "There is a job to be done—to record the truth. And I have a terrific personal compulsion to do it." In the past three years, that impulse has repeatedly taken Nachtwey into some of the main cockpits of violence: Central America, the Middle East, Northern Ireland. Last year,...

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