Hetherington remembered

National, Normal

The National, Friday 3rd May 2013

 TIM Hetherington was a British-American photojournalist with work that ranged from multi-screen installations, to fly-poster exhibitions, to handheld device downloads.

He was best known for the documentary film Restrepo (2010), which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger. 

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2011.

Hetherington was killed by shrapnel from mortar shells fired by Libyan forces while covering the 2011 Libyan civil war. His first job was that of a trainee at The Big Issue, in London, where he was the sole staff photographer.

Hetherington spent much of the next decade in West Africa, documenting political upheaval and its effects on daily life in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and other countries. 

He was a photographer on Liberia: An Uncivil War (2004) and The Devil Came on Horseback (2007). 

In 2006, Hetherington took a break from image-making to work as an investigator for the United Nations Security Council’s Liberia Sanctions Committee.

Hetherington was killed while covering the front lines in the besieged city of Misrata, Libya, during the 2011 Libyan civil war. 

There appeared to be uncertainty whether he was killed by a mortar shell or an RPG round.  

The same attack killed photographer Chris Hondros and gravely wounded photographer Guy Martin. 

A source said that the group was travelling with rebel fighters. – Wikipedia