i felt a loss in the photographic force tonight

Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros are killed documenting Libya fighting

MISURATA, Libya — On Saturday evening, Tim Hetherington, the director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Restrepo,” and Chris Hondros, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer, hitched a ride to this besieged city on the Ionian Spirit, where they prepared sandwiches for refugees and talked about their plans back home. On Wednesday evening, the ship ferried the bodies of the two renowned journalists back to Benghazi.

 Washingtonpost.com for full story

when i first encountered Tim Hetherington work ‘Restrepo‘ at NYPhoto Festival i was stunned standing there watching the events before me. hearing the sounds of combat, seeing grown men cry, hearing bullets flying around, how could i not be affected and glad i wasn’t there, yet there is something communal about men in combat if you’ve ever know that. i felt a loss of humanity on hearing this sad news of their deaths tonight.

NY Photo Festival had prints of the portraits of the troop Hetherington served with. he told the story that he no longer took pictures while on patrol, had lost interest in covering the war as it wears one down but came upon a bunker that had wonderful light.

he asked a member of the platoon to sit for him not making much of it, but slowly people would come to him asking for him to take their portrait. that body of work shows the horrors of war in their faces. very powerful.

i would have linked Tim Hetherington web site but tonight the connections are broken.


One Response to “i felt a loss in the photographic force tonight”

  1. marywehrhahn Says:

    Life wasted… when will we people learn to live and let live…. I am always sad with news of death cuased by hatred, war and greed.

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