R.I.P. Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros

by Mike on April 21, 2011

It’s been an ugly week for photography: (from the AP)

British-born Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated co-director of the documentary “Restrepo” about U.S. soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan, was killed Wednesday inside the only rebel-held city in western Libya, said his U.S.-based publicist, Johanna Ramos Boyer. The city has come under weeks of relentless shelling by government troops.

Chris Hondros, a New York-based photographer for Getty Images, was also killed Wednesday. His work appeared in major magazines and newspapers around the world, and his awards include the Robert Capa Gold Medal, one of the highest prizes in war photography.

Hard-working photojournalists that trek around war-torn third-world countries deserve all the respect in the world for putting their lives on the line to tell the world important stories we wouldn’t otherwise see and hear.

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