Two renowned war photographers killed in Libya

Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, world-renowned for their work covering the world's major conflicts, killed in Misrata.

April 20, 2011 21:25
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Photographer Tim Hetherington

photographer Tim Hetherington (R) 311. (photo credit: REUTERS/Tim A Hetherington/Handout)


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Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, two world-renowned war photographers, were killed on Wednesday while photographing the conflict in Libya.

Both men had been in Misrata reporting on the conflict between rebels and pro-Muammar Gaddafi forces

UN: Libyan government attacks on Misrata may be war crimes

Social media has been the point of contact for both mens' experiences in Libya, as well as confirmation of their deaths.  Fellow photographer André Liohn, who is also currently in Libya, confirmed their deaths Wednesday on his Facebook account.

On Tuesday, Hetherington wrote on his Twitter account, "In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO."

Hondros was born in New York City on March 14, 1970 and built a career covering the world's major conflicts. At the time of his death, he was a senior staff photographer for Getty Images and a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair. His work has appeared on Page One of The New York Times, the cover of Newsweek, and in dozens of other news outlets. His images from the Middle East, including snapshots from the West Bank and a notable series depicting an Iraqi family being shot at by US troops, added to his acclaim.

Hondros was nominted in 2004 for the Pulitzer Prize in photography for images he took in Liberia.

Hetherington was born in Liverpool and originally studied literature at Oxford University. He spent many of his early years as a photographer in West Africa, documenting political conflicts in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and and Liberia.

Hetherington's work covered all aspects of photography, and his first foray into film, as director of the documentary Restrepo, earned him an Oscar nomination as well as the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  He earned many other accolades during his career, including four World Press Photo Prizes and an Alfred I duPont award.

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