By Harsha Bathija
James Nachtwey is an award winning war photographer. He's an x.
James Nachtwey talks about how he wanted to be a photographer in order to be a war photographer.
There are vital stories that need to be told. Stories which connect us, stories which tell us what is going on in the world around us. The free flow of information represented by journalism, specifically visual journalism, can bring into focus how the decisions made by humankind affects not just people belonging to a specific region or country, but everyone who we share this earth with.
A documentary photography has the ability to interpret events from their point of view. It gives a voice to those who otherwise would not have a voice. Photographers go to the extreme edges of human experience to show people what's going on. Sometimes they put their lives on the line, because they believe your opinions and your influence matter. And as a reaction, it stimulates public opinion and gives impetus to public debate, thereby preventing the interested parties from totally controlling the agenda, much as they would like to.