only the good die young..

I am totally not up to this…Writing obits is not what I do…This will not be my best of anything. Yet, it is all I can do at the moment. I found out yesterday, at exactly this time by te…

I found out yesterday, at exactly this time by text message  while driving in a blinding rainstorm,  that my friend and next door neighbor Tim Hetherington had been killed in Libya along with colleague Chris Hondros. Mike Brown , who lives just upstairs and featured here with his Libya work was thankfully spared…So, two men who hang with me at home, stop by for a beer from time to time, were caught in the same mortar attack and one of them gone forever.  I did not know Chris Hondros, but was an admirer of his work. I write here only of my friend Tim.

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.

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Today, the devastating news arrived that Tim Hetherington had been killed in Misratah, Libya. He was many things: a journalist, a photographer, a filmmaker, an artist and friend. He recently won popular acclaim after the documentary Restrepo, which he directed, was nominated for an Oscar. Tim was always trying to pull together the bits and pieces of all the news that was going on around him, to figure out how to follow them through to tell the whole story. He did that with war and, more specifically, with the men who go to war.


Tim’s final Twitter post sheds a stark light on the current state of Libya: “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”

Blogging Images: Photojournalism and Public Commentary

Northwestern University in Evanston, IL is to host the conference ‘Blogging Images: Photojournalism and Public Commentary’ on Saturday, April 30th. Robert Hariman explains why here: …

Northwestern University in Evanston, IL is to host the conference ‘Blogging Images: Photojournalism and Public Commentary’ on Saturday, April 30th

Tim Hetherington

On the two occasions that I spoke with Tim throughout the days at Sundance I  asked him, “How did you excel in your career? I want to do what you do.” Both times he smiled and said, “hard work.”

Andre Liohn reports that Tim Hetherington has been killed in Libya, Hondros and 2 others injured

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

Restrepo: A Conversation with Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington visited Columbia University to discuss their documentary Restrepo, that as you will know, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. For me, the most important part of their discussion was how they don’t define themselves within one box, “I write”, or “I take photos”, or “I shoot video”. Tim and Sebastian are extraordinary for pushing the boundaries of what defines us as journalists… they both use whatever tools necessary to tell the story. Part I of this series is Sebastian’s path to being a journalist and where the comparisons lie between conflict photographers and soldiers.

Documentary Drama at the Oscars

With most of the feature film and acting Oscar categories seemingly sewn up, the documentaries are one area where there is still some drama.

In 2007, when the journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington set out to make a documentary following a military unit in Afghanistan, they had no awards aspirations. “Don’t get hurt, don’t get killed doing this — that was our first order of business,” Mr. Junger said

Tim Hetherington's film Diary

'Diary' is a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten years of reporting. It's a kaleidoscope of images that link our western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the media.

Now Streaming on Netflix: Restrepo

Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm, teamed with photographer Tim Hetherington to spend a year embedded with the Second Platoon in Afghanistan, documenting the hard work, fear and brotherhood that come with repelling a deadly enemy. Hunkered down with the soldiers in one of the region's most strategic valleys, the filmmakers uncover the dark humor, sleepless surreality and constant anxiety of war in this Best Documentary winner at Sundance.

Antone's Picks: Infidel

from the book Infidel Infidel is one of the best photography books to come out that documents the United States involvement in Afghanis...

Infidel is one of the best photography books to come out that documents the United States involvement in Afghanistan. I would go so far to say that it is one of the most powerful photobooks to come out this year. Photographer and film maker Tim Hetherington's Infidel tracks a detailed account of one US platoon serving in the Korengal Valley

A Family Album: American Soldiers at War

Tim Hetherington’s “Infidel” is more of a family album for a platoon in Afghanistan than a traditional photojournalism book.

Tim Hetherington’s “Infidel” (Chris Boot Ltd., 2010) is more of a family album than a traditional photojournalism book. There are of course powerful images of life for a platoon in the Korengal valley in Afghanistan that Hetherington and Sebastian Junger documented in the film “Restrepo.” But there are also thorough catalogs of the soldiers’ tattoos, their official Army ID photos and the magazine centerfolds in their barracks, and remarkably revealing interviews with seven of the soldiers. The book stands on its own, separate from the movie.