James Nachtwey ’70: How Photography Can Change the World (TIME)

“Receiving this kind of recognition from this particular group is a tremendous honor—but I’m only one among many journalists who’ve committed themselves to covering conflicts and revealing social injustices, that have been hidden or ignored, but that are crying out to be corrected,” said photojournalist James Nachtwey ’70 at the Feb. 2 National Magazine Awards dinner, TIME magazine reports.

“It’s the combined work of all of us, together, that builds the critical mass of information and insight that creates change and helps make the world a better place. And I want to dedicate this award to those who have only been silenced by imprisonment or by giving their lives,” said Nachtwey, a provostial fellow at Dartmouth, after he received the Creative Excellence Award in honor of his 30 years of bearing witness to the human cost of war and other disasters.

Watch the full speech, and see a special retrospective of Nachtwey’s photos, published 2/3/15 by TIME.