April 23, 2011
We are familiar with images of war.
But what do photographs of peace look like?
War photographer James Nachtwey wrote in 1985: In a way, if an individual assumes the risk of placing himself in the middle of a war in order to communicate to the rest of the world what is happening, he is trying to negotiate for peace.
For those of us with cameras who do not work in conflict zones, but believe in the imperative of peace, what do we photograph?
Is it possible to negotiate for peace without violent imagery?
Words, in some cases the identical words, can stir people toward peace or hostility.
I believe photographs have a similar power.
So what does a peace photographer report?