Photography: Prints Of Darkness

In a volume of profound, unflinching pictures, James Nachtwey surveys the grave new world of the 1990s

The fall of the Berlin Wall was supposed to bring on the end of history, a time when great power confrontation would give way to the mere frictions of the global marketplace and the lotions of consumerism would keep everything running smoothly. Maybe someday. What we know for now is that all around the edges of the peaceable Banana Republic, history is still being made the old-fashioned way, with land mines and machetes.

James Nachtwey, a contract photographer for TIME and one of the best-known photojournalists of the past 20 years, works along those edges. His passport has been stamped...

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