1997 Photo Contest, Spot News, Stories, 3rd prize
Photographer

James Nachtwey

Magnum Photos for Time

01 January, 1996

In the desolate streets of Grozny, children use the debris of battle for their games. These boys from an orphanage play on a destroyed Russian tank. Peaceful coexistence within the Russian federation proved unattainable. After sustaining heavy losses at the hands of the highly motivated Chechen rebels, President Boris Yeltsin ordered his national security chief, Alexander Lebed, to extricate Russia from the civil war, which had already claimed over 30,000 casualties. In September 1996, a cease-fire was declared and the Russian army hastily departed amidst artillery and sniper fire.

About the photographer

James Nachtwey

Photographs of the Vietnam War and the American Civil Rights movement inspired him to become a photographer. While teaching himself photography, he worked as truck driver and as ...

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