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“Our autobiography is written in our contact sheets,  and our opinion of the world in our selects”  

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Bill Pierce is one of the most successful Leica photographers and authors ever. I initially "met" Bill in the wonderful 1973 15th edition Leica Manual (the one with the M5 on the cover). I kept reading and re-reading his four chapters, continually amazed at his knoweldge and ability, thinking "if I only knew a small part of what this guy knows... wow."  I looked foward to his monthly columns in Camera 35 and devoured them like a starving man.  Bill has worked as a photojournalist  for 25 years, keyword: WORK.  Many photogs dream of the professional photographer's  life that Bill has earned and enjoyed.  Probably Bill's most famous pic is Nixon departing the White House for the last time, victory signs still waving. 

 

Bill  has been published in many major magazines, including  Time, Life, Newsweek, U.S. News, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, New York Magazine, Stern, L'Express and Paris Match.  :His published books include  The Leica Manual,  War Torn, Survivors and Victims in the Late 20th Century, Homeless in America,  Human Rights in China,  Children of War.  Add to that numerous exhibitions at major galleries and museums.  Magazine contributions include  Popular Photography,  Camera 35, Leica Manual,  Photo District News, the Encyclopedia of Brittanica, the Digital Journalist, and now RFF.  Major awards include Leica Medal of Excellence, Overseas Press Club's Oliver Rebbot Award for Best Photojournalism from Abroad,  and the World Press Photo's Budapest Award. Perhaps an ever bigger award is Tom Abrahamsson's comment: "If you want to know Rodinal, ask Bill."

 

I met Bill in person through our mutual friend Tom Abrahamsson.  In person his insight and comments are every bit as interesting and engaging as his writing.  He is a great guy who really KNOWS photography.  I am happy to say he has generously agreed to host this forum at RFF  From time to time Bill will bring up topics, but you are also invited to ask questions.  Sit down and enjoy the ride!

 


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Old 02-24-2018   #1
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Nachtwey

A friend of mine has just done something amazing. An entire issue of Time Magazine is devoted to Jim Nachtwey’s photo essay on drug addiction in America. One issue, one photographer… The Time website will give you a significant look at the essay, but this one is worth buying the magazine.

http://time.com/stories-opioid-addic...demic-america/

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Old 02-24-2018   #2
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That’s a must-buy issue, by one of the seriously great photo-journalists of our time. Bill, thanks for the heads-up
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Old 02-24-2018   #3
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Yes, thanks for the heads up Bill. James Nachtwey has been an inspiration for decades. His work is incredible. Can't wait to find a copy.

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I think I need to go out tomorrow morning and buy a copy.
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For those who can't buy it, it can be downloaded in PDF format.
http://magazinelib.com/all/time-05-03-2018/
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Old 02-24-2018   #6
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This is why we need more border protection and when it is all said all 4 borders will need strengthening.
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This is why we need more border protection and when it is all said all 4 borders will need strengthening.
The current opioid crisis in USA results from aggressive pushing by pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma. How is border protection going to address this, except for propaganda purposes?
WAKE UP TO FACTS !
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...empire-of-pain
http://time.com/5168767/opioid-addiction-purdue-pharma/
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This is why we need more border protection and when it is all said all 4 borders will need strengthening.
I wasn't aware that there were borders around Ewing NJ, where oxycontin synthesis in the US was developed, or Wilson NC, where US consumed product is manufactured.

You also cannot put a border around direct marketing of medicines, which occurs only in the USA and New Zealand, and which is counter-productive to positive health outputs.
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Old 02-25-2018   #9
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The pictures are scary but as always excellent. I didn't know Nachtwey was still active, glad you posted that!
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Old 02-25-2018   #11
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Excellent... Riveting... Heartbreaking... Truth be told
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Good work thanks for the link for those interested in that topic or photographs dealing with addiction I can recommend Eugene Richard's book cocaine true cocaine blue it's from the 90's but stll a great book
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About Nachtwey

Great documentary movie about Nachtwey is the award winning film "War Photographer" https://archive.org/details/wphoto I have watched it over and over. There is a great photography lesson there, not about f-stops and lenses but about photos that communicate.

His 2007 TED talk https://www.ted.com/talks/james_nach...ictures_of_war is also compelling.

Watching photos like those included there will make one realize the futility of searching for good photos on flicker.
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Watching photos like those included there will make one realize the futility of searching for good photos on flicker.
Ah yes...the futility of it all...
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Thank you for the posts Bill and Bob ....
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Thanks for the link! Amazing imagery! So close and personal!
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Thank you for posting this, Bill.
Very emotional reading the PDF.
Will be looking for the magazine.
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Old 02-25-2018   #18
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Jim Nachtwey’s photo essay on drug addiction in America. One issue, one photographer… The Time website will give you a significant look at the essay, but this one is worth buying the magazine.

http://time.com/stories-opioid-addic...demic-america/

What do you think?[/quote]

I think anything by JN is worth buying.
Thanks for the heads up, Bill.
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A moving view into one of many problems we are knee deep into here in America today.

Thank God there are folks like him doing this.

Thanks for the heads up Bill!

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The current opioid crisis in USA results from aggressive pushing by pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma. How is border protection going to address this, except for propaganda purposes?
WAKE UP TO FACTS !
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...empire-of-pain
http://time.com/5168767/opioid-addiction-purdue-pharma/
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Glad to see Time running more long-form photo essays. Last month, they ran the latest edition of Matt Black's "Geography of Poverty" project.
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Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Bill.
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thanks to Bill for alerting us to this. Seems like one of the best Time Magazine issues ever. Admire the magazine for the approach of one photographer and devoting an entire issue to the topic.
New respect for Time Magazine. And of course, kudos to JAMES NACHTWEY
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Here's an interesting follow up article.

https://www.poynter.org/news/inside-...pioid-epidemic
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Thank you kindly for bringing this to our attention, Bill!
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By moving to a mostly electronic world many can avoid having stories like this on their side table for a month. Most of us see what we want to see and avoid the rest. It's only through work like this that we what is happening in the world and really take it in. News on 24 hours a day, soundbites, 10 second videos, then we look for kittens.

After reading the stories on the front page of the Daily News every day on the train ride in I used to turn to comics. But then I went back went through the paper, except for the sports. I understand the feeling of being overwhelmed, but part of me thinks we are able to escape too much too easily.

As always, thanks Mr. P, you ROCK!!!

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Thanks Bill for the heads up and the link

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It's notable that he has moved from war/conflict to an issue at home. Not for the faint of heart, but important journalism. Thanks for this link!
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