Some of you may remember the death of photo journalist Tim Hetherington in Libya last year. His work was universally lauded and in recognition of the work he did his colleague Sebastian Junger launched Reporters Instructed In Saving Colleagues (RISC), an organization providing freelance journalists with emergency medical training. It recently completed its inaugural session in New York on the first anniversary of Tim’s death on 20th April.
Photo journalism is so central to the way we see the world and Hetherington was one of the best in the business. Along with his colleague Junger he also managed to find time to bring his work to the big screen with their Oscar nominated documentary ‘Restrepo’ which documented the year the two of them spent in Afghanistan on assignment and embedded with the Second Platoon who are depicted defending an Observation Post named OP Restrepo – for PFC Juan Sebastián Restrepo, a Colombian-born naturalized U.S. citizen platoon medic who was killed earlier in the campaign.
While he became famous for his work in Afganistan and Libya – anti – Gaddafi rebels renamed a town square in a town called Ajdabiya, Tim Hetherington Square – many have not seen his images from the four years he spent in Africa during the Liberian civil war, work that apparently earned him an execution order from former Liberian President Charles Taylor. A man now convicted of war crimes in the Hague.
So here are a few of his images however if you want to see a proper exhibition of his work and you happen to be in New York anytime up until the 19th May check out his photographs at the Yossi Milo Gallery
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