You can not go where the Artist goes. If you did you would lose everything. Your family, your home, even your mind. The Artist is driven into the wilderness by a hunger for truth as a vampire is driven into the night by a hunger for human blood.

The Artist is alone. Like the tiger, the Artist values freedom of movement above all else. The Artist is only tolerated by society as a plaything for The Rich – for The Rich must be entertained.

The views of an Artist are by turns reviled and despised then revered and heralded as the manifestation of genius. We live in an age where the Artist, like the tiger, is an endangered species. Soon there will be none left and the world will be poorer for it. Truth will be entirely replaced by financial expediency and the corporations will destroy everything from offices decorated with Art.

The Artist is all gut. There can be be no explanations. Anarchy can be seen everywhere. There are no boundaries of taste, technical or financial restriction. Charlatans have infiltrated the establishment and opportunists have flooded the market with an Art that satisfies the new requirements of those who will pay for kudos. Arts mandate is solely to provide a shimmer of glamour to the otherwise dull walls of the market place. Smoke and mirrors abound and the audience can not be shocked. All that is left to the Artist, who after all must be a damaged, even mentally deranged casualty, is the scorn of the world. And that must be the fate of the brave new modern Artist Image

In the entire history of humankind tuberculosis has killed more people than any other disease (AIDS and Black Death have killed more in shorter periods).

Today, over 1 million people die every year from tuberculosis. Since 1995 the World Health organisation has successfully treated over 41 million tuberculosis sufferers. More money is needed.

This artist is drawn to death and suffering as sources of truth and sees them as an antidote to the bad art being spread by television and film. Perhaps that is because the Artist is concerned Society has lost touch or is losing touch with what is really important. And what is that? An interesting question!

Well-known and influential photojournalist James Nachtwey won the TED Prize last year, and as part of his award, he made a wish for help - help in bringing a story to light that he felt was important and underreported. The subject of this story is a new, dangerous type of tuberculosis called Extreme Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, or XDR-TB. Tuberculosis is both preventable and curable, but inadequate treatment has been driving the emergence of XDR-TB, especially in developing nations. Tuberculosis is not a disease of the past - in 2007 alone, 1.7 million people died from TB - it is the leading killer of people infected with HIV. Nachtwey's wish was that he could break this story, and demonstrate proof of the power of news photography in the digital age.

Well-known and influential photojournalist James Nachtwey won the TED Prize last year, and as part of his award, he made a wish for help – help in bringing a story to light that he felt was important and underreported. The subject of this story is a new, dangerous type of tuberculosis called Extreme Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, or XDR-TB. Tuberculosis is both preventable and curable, but inadequate treatment has been driving the emergence of XDR-TB, especially in developing nations. Tuberculosis is not a disease of the past – in 2007 alone, 1.7 million people died from TB – it is the leading killer of people infected with HIV. Nachtwey’s wish was that he could break this story, and demonstrate proof of the power of news photography in the digital age.James Nachtwey TB

 

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