Parting Glance: Chris Hondros

Chris Hondros of Getty Images had an ability to draw viewers deeply into his images.

Conjure a combat photographer in your mind’s eye — fatigues, a whiskey flask and a fondness for rude pastimes. Now discard the cliché and conjure Chris Hondros of Getty Images instead. A tweed blazer with elbow patches. A taste for martinis. A love of Mahler. And a passion for chess.

Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros Killed In Libya

A contributing photographer for Vanity Fair, Hetherington died shortly after arriving at hospital in Misrata. Hondros clung to life for several hours in a coma before he died from what Italian doctors said was an irreversible brain trauma. Reports are Hondros was revived at least two times, but Getty Images has now confirmed his death at Hikma Hospital after rumors of his passing circulated in the States for several hours.

Chris Hondros Killed in Libya | PDNPulse

Award-winning photographer Chris Hondros has died of injuries he sustained in Misrata, Libya earlier today, his agency, Getty Images, has confirmed. Getty released the following statement: “Getty Images is deeply saddened to confirm the death of Staff Pho

Award-winning photographer Chris Hondros has died of injuries he sustained in Misrata, Libya earlier today, his agency, Getty Images, has confirmed.

Photojournalist killed, others severely injured in Libya

Chris Hondros never shied away from the front line having covered the world’s major conflicts throughout his distinguished career and his work in Libya was no exception. We are working to support his family and his fiancée as they receive this difficult news, and are preparing to bring Chris back to his family and friends in the United States. He will be sorely missed

Chris Hondros on the Madness in Tahrir Square - Reading The Pictures

The only way I can describe the situation today is that it was totally old school, just people with rocks, sticks and fists. It felt almost historical. It was probably more like how the American Revolution was fought. Or a fight in 683 BC. Just thousan

I had a chance to talk to Getty photographer, Chris Hondros, on the phone from Cairo in the early evening yesterday, several hours after he escaped from the absolute chaos in the central square. Below is a my transcript of his comments accompanying this slideshow of photos he took, the images published at several major news sites:

Baghdad in D Minor

Chris Hondros is presenting a more nuanced view of Iraq and Afghanistan. Nuanced, and musical.

As eight musicians perform works by Bach on Wednesday at John Jay College, there will be a ninth man in the shadows, tapping away at a keyboard, keeping time. That man will be the photographer Chris Hondros, who will be accompanying the musicians on his computer, projecting 900 of his images of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Visions of the Decade: One Night in Tal Afar, 2005 | PDN Photo of the Day

When I give talks or lectures people often ask me my personal feelings about war, usually I dodge the question.  Sometimes I say that I don’t expect my pictures to stop wars, but rather I hope they help citizens to understand what going to war means.  On that level at least I think the Tal Afar pictures fulfill my goals as a photographer; for they shine a rare and unsparing light onto war’s brutal-yet-routine realities.  And people should know about them.

Photographer describes wars in pictures – News

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Chris Hondros has seen the world at war first hand – and so has his camera lens.

Working for Getty images as a war photographer for almost a decade, he has captured militiamen crying out in battle in the Second Liberian Civil War, American soldiers on raids in Iraq and children in the arms of their mothers in Sierra Leone’s refugee camps.

Hondros brought these images, his experiences and his personal comments to Pitt yesterday afternoon in a lecture facilitated by the global and film studies departments, PittArts and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. About 70 people crammed into room 501 in the Cathedral of Learning for a slideshow of Hondros’ work and to hear his commentary.

Check it out here.

Heroes of Photography


(Thanks to A Photo A Day for pointing this out to me.)
From American Photo, “a tribute to ten photographers who inspire us”:

Not one of the photographers featured on the following pages wanted to be called a hero. We sympathize: The word is immodest and certainly overused these days. Nonetheless, we can’t help but consider them heroic, and when you read their stories, we think you’ll understand why.

The photographers are:
Phil Borges, John Dugdale, Timothy Fadek, Stanley Greene, Chris Hondros, Yunghi Kim, Joseph Rodriguez, Fazal Sheikh, Brent Stirton, Hazel Thomspon

The photo above is from Stanley Greene. His book on Chechnya, Open Wound, sits on my bookshelf. It’s too powerful to go through in one sitting.

Links:
American Photo’s Heroes of Photography
A Photo A Day