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In Remembrance: Photojournalists Killed in Libya

Friday 04.22.2011 , Posted by

The photography and film world sadly lost two of their own on Wednesday. Oscar-nominated war-film director Tim Hetherington and second-prize winning photojournalist Chris Hondros both lost their lives while covering a battle between Libyan government forces and rebel fighters in the city of Misrata.

British-born Tim Hetherington was best known for his co-directing work on the 2010 war documentary “Restrepo,” which immersed viewers in the heavy fighting inside Afghanistan’s notorious Korengal Valley. Hetherington tweeted Wednesday: “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”

New York based Chris Hondros, an award winning photojournalist who worked for Getty Images, died later Wednesday after suffering a serious head wound, according to Getty’s director of photography, Pancho Bernasconi.

According to a report by the New York Times, the two men were without protective gear or armor at the time of the attack. Attemts to bring such equipment into the country from Egypt have repeatedly been thwarted by customs officials.

For more on these two brave men see Hetherington’s “Restrepo” trailer below and an interview with Chris Hondros. They will be missed.

The “Restrepo” Trailer, a documentary directed by Tim Hetherington. For more about Hetherington see this January interview by MSN.

An interview with photo journalist Chris Hondros from 2007

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Written by Benjamin Starr

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  1. I heard the news earlier this week, it’s a sad story.

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