James Nachtwey speaks at the VII Seminar, in conjunction with the New York Photo Festival
Courtesy © 2008 Susan Katz
Famed war photographer James Nachtwey has brought the full force of his artistic vision and a brilliant international media campaign to bear on the underreported and ever-growing pandemic of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). Supported by the TED community (an organization of the world's cutting-edge thinkers and doers), the photographer is using his 2007 TED Prize to harness both the power of new media and his moving photos of worldwide XDR-TB victims. From large-scale, outdoor slideshow projections in the capitals of the world to a takeover of YouTube's home page, the photographs are alerting the international community to the entirely preventable spread of dangerously mutating and often lethal strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis. The word is getting out.
The project is an example of photo-activism at its best to promote awareness of alarming health issue. To see examples of the photographs, video clips and to learn more about how you can be involved read the article: James Nachtwey & TED's creative campaign to fight the XDR-TB pandemic on the Photowings website.
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