TED Unveils James Nachtwey’s Photos Documenting Deadly TB

Upon winning the Technology Entertainment Design (TED) Prize in 2007, photojournalist James Nachtwey made a wish: to break a story that he was working on “in a way that provides spectacular proof of the power of news photography in the digital age.” Today Nachtwey’s TED Prize wish comes true with the unveiling of his stirring black-and-white photographs of people around the world who are affected by extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), a mutated form of TB that is found in 49 countries and responsible for more than 20,000 preventable deaths annually.

“Health authorities know what needs to be done, but politicians and the public at large don’t have XDR-TB on their radar,” wrote TED curator Chris Anderson in an e-mail sent to TED suporters this afternoon. “That’s what James Nachtwey’s powerful TED Prize wish is all about.” Tonight the photos will be projected in public places in 50 cities worldwide, and the next issue of Time magazine will feature a seven-page feature on XDR-TB. Meanwhile, Radical Media has created the below video slideshow as well as a print campaign around the project’s Mammalfish-built website; visit today to spread the word.