his mother at Svay Rieng Provincial Hospital, Svay Rieng, Cambodia.
Family members provide much of the personal care at hospitals in
the developing world. Photograph & Caption © James Nachtwey/VII
A couple of weeks ago I lifted this image of James Nachtwey's - which I called "the pietà transported to contemporary southeast Asia" - for a critical post on the conventions of documentary/ photojournalism. I am no historian of photography. But the image resonated in a way that made me think I'd seen it before. It turns out that I had:
Photograph © W. Eugene Smith, (Minamata, 1972).