Chris Hondros on Assignment
Tim Hetherington in the War Zone
Last Wednesday, two top photojournalists were killed in the rebel-held city of Misrata in western Libya. Libyan dictator, Moammar Gadhafi had intensified his weeklong assault on Libya's third largest city. The photojournalists were traveling with some rebel fighters to cover an incident in Tripoli street, where some of the most intense fighting had occured in recent weeks. During a skirmish, Hetherington was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, while Hondros died from severe brain trauma from a shrapnel.
I admire photojournalists not only for their courage and commitment, but also for their invaluable service to humanity and history in general. These dedicated chroniclers of our collective experience, gives us windows into the human experience, both good and evil. I tend to concentrate on the good side of life, but I never forget the darker side of humanity -- thanks to the courage and dedication of fellow photographers who cover conflicts, wars and devastation of every type. The News photographer/photojournalist is a special breed, half artist/half warrior. Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington were the best of this breed. They went in harms way to give us a glimpse of the horror around us, through their uncompromising artistic eye.
One of Hondros's award winning images