James Nachtwey

Picture editing. Design. Typography. Layout.
Clothbound with foil. 480pp. 382 tritone plates. 3/4-colour throughout.
Phaidon Press

Picture editing process

James Nachtwey and SMITH edited the photographs down from 1,200 images in three seven-day sessions.


James Nachtwey

Inferno documents today’s conflicts and their victims, from Somalia’s famine to genocide in Rwanda, from Romania's abandoned orphans and ‘irrecoverables’ to the lives of India's ‘untouchables’, from war in Bosnia to conflict in Chechnya.

Published by Phaidon Press

ISBN 10: 0714838152/ISBN 13: 978-0714838151

James Nachtwey (1948–)

Nachtwey is one of the world's most honoured contemporary war photographers and five-time winner of the Robert Capa Medal for Photography. His photographs regularly appear in Time, Life, Newsweek and National Geographic.


Winner of the PhotoEspaña Best Photography Book Prize, 2000


A volume of profound, unflinching pictures. Time magazine
One of the great contemporary photojournalists … his first collection has been long-awaited… The Times
If Inferno can be said to contain any optimism, it lies in its own coda of photographs taken in Kosovo… because of the subsequent Nato intervention. Financial Times
500 pages, 15×11", 10lbs, fabulous paper and printing, cool, elegant design and 400 exquisite pictures of horror, suffering, misery and death from the last decade of the 20th century…Inferno is an extraordinary book. British Journal of Photography