Tim Hetherington (1970–2011)
Author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger remembers the acclaimed photojournalist:
“I met Tim because I needed a photographer for a project in Afghanistan, where I was documenting a platoon for a year. Tim had shot brilliant images all over West Africa and Afghanistan, and he’d covered the aftermath of the tsunami in Sri Lanka. He was this amazing combination of incredible technical skills, great physical capability, bravery, and a deeply creative mind. We were in an isolated position with no internet or electricity; it was incredibly boring. One day, Tim was scurrying around snapping photos of the soldiers as they slept. ‘You never get to see soldiers sleep,’ Tim said. ‘Look at them. This is how their mothers see them.’ That’s someone thinking very profoundly about the nature of war, of mothers, and of men.
Tim died in Libya in 2011. He was shooting portraits of rebel fighters but got sucked into the drama of the front line, and went up there, and a piece of shrapnel killed him. I could easily have done the same thing. Afterward, I got out of war reporting for good.”
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