James Nachtwey’s TED Prize Project Explores Potential TB Pandemic

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When James Nachtwey was awarded the TED Prize in 2007, he was given $100,000 and one wish to change the world. Nachtwey’s wish: “I’m working on a story that the world needs to know about. I wish for you to help me break it in a way that provides spectacular proof of the power of news photography in the digital age.” While not announced at the time, that story was the powerful resurgence of an ancient disease, tuberculosis, which due to a lack of medications and ineffective oversight in the developing world has mutated into a deadly drug resistant strain, known as XDRTB. This week Nachtwey’s images will be shown to crowds of people on large screens in the world’s biggest cities as well as on the Internet.

For more info go to XDRTB.org or pickup this week’s Time magazine.

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