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Struggle to Live – the fight against TB
James Nachtwey has documented the resurgence of tuberculosis and its varying strains MDR and XDR in seven countries around the world. These countries include Cambodia, Lesotho, South Africa, Siberia, India, Swaziland, and Thailand. He has captured the lives of both patients and health care workers in the struggle against this ancient disease, which still remains very much a part of the present. Not only does TB remain a killer disease in its most recognizable form but it is mutating into even more deadly forms: multi-drug resistant (MDR) and extremely drug resistant (XDR) TB. While still a small subset of the TB cases, these new strains pose a grave global health threat. XDR-TB is a man-made catastrophe, resulting from too few resources being allocated for the proper diagnosis and treatment of TB patients in developing countries.
“Despite the fact that tuberculosis afflicts a huge number of people it’s not on the radar screen in terms of public awareness. Normal tuberculosis, if diagnosed and treated diligently, is very inexpensive and doesn’t take very long to cure. But if normal TB is not treated, it mutates and becomes 100 times more expensive, requires a two-year cure and a long stay in the hospital, which many of those infected cannot afford. The thought of XDR getting out of control is truly frightening,” says James Nachtwey.
James Nachtwey’s career as a war photographer began in 1981 when he covered civil unrest in Northern Ireland. Since then he has photographed more than 25 armed conflicts as well as dozens of critical social issues. He has received the Robert Capa Gold Medal, World Press Award, Magazine Photographer of the Year, and I.C.P. Infinity Award multiple times. He has been named recipient of the TED Prize, the Heinz Foundation Award for Art and Humanities, the Common Wealth Award and the Dan David Prize. “War Photographer”, a documentary about his work, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002. His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, among others. Nachtwey has been a contract photographer with TIME Magazine since 1984 and is a founding member of the photo agency VII.
Struggle to Live – the fight against TB by James Nachtwey
401 west street NY, NY 10014
on view from:
january 20, 2010 to march 25, 2010
I am very proud to be able to publish here on Burn our first sponsored photographer essay. This has literally been months in the making and representatives from BD came to us with James Nachtwey’s blessing after our Burn presentation at the Look3 festival.
This will be revolutionary for Burn and the industry and perhaps serve as a model for future online sponsorship for photographers. As most of you know, this has been my goal all along. To be able to pay photographers for online representation of their work with rates as good or better than current print rates for major publications.
We are starting by kicking the door down with James Nachtwey. However, in all of my discussions with BD and some other potential sponsors, my primary intent is to provide funding for the emerging photographers who are what Burn is all about. I intend for the ratio of iconic photographers like Jim to emerging photographers to be one to three. One icon, three emerging. I want to see a world where the icons lend a hand to the next generation of serious photographers in documentary and in art. By starting with this model, I hope I can help make this come true. At least now, we have a real start. I will continue to work to complete the circle.
For those of you who feel they should be “in the mix, in the running”, make sure I know your work. Either by submitting work to Burn or the EPF or by knocking on my door. This is happening. Now.
Customizing sponsors to specific photographers and projects must be taken very seriously. Matching the right funding to the right photographer is imperative to the sponsor , to the photographer, and to Burn. This is where the net can excel. The nature of the net allows this to happen, and because we are a small operation, we can offer premium exposure and minimal investment to qualified sponsors, pay the photographer well, maintain all photographer copyrights, and bring enough income into Burn so that we can best serve more photographers and readers/writers in the long run.
At Burn, we are now in a position to customize sponsors with photographers and/or subject matter to be assigned. While this work in the Nachtwey essay was photographed prior, our goal is to finance original photography as well. We have the ability to build out an essay/project so that the sponsor is 100% pleased and the photographer is 100% pleased as well. On this one, and in everything we will build in the future, the sponsor and the photographer and we at Burn become symbiotic in nature.
We are very flattered here at Burn that a leading medical technology company like BD would choose our humble magazine to make their first online general magazine funding. We are equally flattered that James would choose Burn as well. So, we have done all we can to make it more than right for both parties.
We will do the same for whoever comes next.
-david alan harvey
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