Entries in war photography (3)
In many instances the best protection in dangerous situations is simply to rely on one’s instincts. My instincts have been honed by a lot of experience, so I ignore them at my peril. Of course there are risks in this business, but I try to measure them as best as I can. While embedded with military forces, I wear a flack jacket and helmet, as well as ballistic eye protection. One of the worst fears is kidnapping, both in Iraq and Afghanistan and I almost always travel with the military in areas where that is an issue.
Tim Hetherington: Zuma Press/Newscom
The deaths of award-winning photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros on April 20, 2011 in a mortar attack at Misrata, Libya, underscored the heavy toll war exacts on soldiers and civilians alike. Dupont Award winner Hetherington, whose book Infidel featured photos from the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan (see photo above), co-directed with journalist Sebastian Junger the Oscar-nominated movie documentary Restrepo, which won a Sundance film festival award.
Chris Hondros: Scout Tufankjian
Hondros’ work for Getty Images receive war photography’s highest honor, the Robert Capa Gold Medal. Both photojournalists were brilliant at showing the “texture of war,” as Hetherington put it, a combination of active combat and sometimes-boring daily life. Hetherington’s interview video from November 2010 features highlights of his work and insights as a photographer.