Shocking Report: Oscar and Pulitzer Nominated War Photographers Killed, Wounded in Libya

Reports widely circulating around the web have the horribly tragic news  that award-winning war photographers Tim Hetherington (who co-directed the Oscar-nominated "Restrepo" with Sebastian Junger) and Chris Hondros (nominated for a Pulitzer in 2004) have been killed in the dangerous fighting in Misrata, Libya. Hetherington tweeted: "In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO." UPDATE, 2pm: According to Vanity Fair's twitter account, Hetherington's death has been confirmed while Hondros remains in grave condition.

At IndieWire, Anne Thompson remembers Hetherington, the director or "Restrepo," and includes an interview she did with him:

I am so sad to hear this. Hetherington was one of those rare people you meet who are not only admirably heroic, but good to the bone. He was handsome, alive, charming, sharp, and dedicated to his work, which involved putting himself in the front lines of danger....

Restrepo doesn’t resemble your standard documentary, in any way. It’s not like other embedded war docs, or voice-over narration films, or movies with a strong personality or clear narrative spine. It’s another animal. This film dogs you emotionally, messes up your tear ducts. Strapping, manly men, Hetherington and Junger (The Perfect Storm) held their own with U.S. soldiers in the toughest mountain terrain. Even they got weepy talking about the movie. What’s the source of its power? The film takes us closer to seeing what men at war go through, what they suffer and lose, and especially in Afghanistan, the futility of it all.

 

 

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at April 20, 2011, 7:20am

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