Rwanda 1994: a photograph by James Nachtwey
For me, the strength of photography lies in its ability to evoke humanity. If war is an attempt to negate humanity, then photography can be perceived as the opposite of war.(James Nachtwey, from â€śMemorable quotes for War Photographerâ€?)
Please click Rwanda 1994 to access Nachtwey's photograph from the Rwandan genocide. Nachtwey describes the photograph:
â€śThis is a picture of a man who had just been liberated from a Hutu death camp where mainly members of the Tutsi tribe were being incarcerated, being starved, beaten, abused and systematically killed. This man happened to be a Hutu himself, but because he didn't support the genocide, he was subjected to the same treatment. On the most basic level, I hope that people when they look at this work will engage themselves with it and not shut down, not turn away from it, but realize that their opinion counts for something, that they become part of a constituency, and people who have the power to make decisions that affect the lives of thousands of people know that there's a constituency forming out there, and they have to do something about it.
(from a May 16, 2000 interview with Elizabeth Farnsworth on the Online NewsHourâ€™s A CONVERSATION WITH...)
We invite you to participate in a conversation about this photograph and about Paul Rusesabagina's book An Ordinary Man.
Paul Rusesabagina will speak at Northrop Auditorium on Monday, November 3rd from 7:30-8:30 p.m