Can the power of photography combat TB?

“Photographers go to the extreme edges of the human experience to show people what’s going on. They believe your opinions and your influence matter. They aim your pictures at your best instincts: generosity, the sense of right and wrong, the ability and willingness to identify with others, the refusal to accept the unacceptable.”

Last year, the TED Prize went to acclaimed war photographer James Nachtwey his powerful work documenting war, disease and conflict around the world for the past quarter century. Winners of the TED Prize are given $100,000 to make a “wish” come true. Nachtwey enticed us with saying his wish was to bring to the forefront an issue that had been overlooked – but he never indicated which overlooked issue he wanted to cover.

But now we know. At a special screening in New York tonight, Nachtwey will unveil a series of photographs depicting the struggle against drug resistant tuberculosis.

XDR-TB (Extremely Drug Resistant TB) is a new and deadly mutation of TB. It comes from cases of TB that go untreated for long periods of time – and it is a growing problem.

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