A respectful tribute to the photographers who lost their lives recording bloody battles
Named world press photographer of the year four times and an Oscar nominee, Tim Hetherington was one of the most respected members of his profession.
Mr Hetherington was covering the fighting in Misrata, along with three other photographers, when the group came under mortar attack. Mr Hetherington died at the scene while New York-based photographer Mr Hondros died later after receiving treatment.
War photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros went on every patrol and every combat situation
Homage to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros
Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed just eight days before while covering the conflict in Libya.
War Photographers: Michael Kamber and Louie Palu on Iraq
“We were supposed to go into Iraq, hold elections, turn over the keys, and get out,” says Michael Kamber, a photojournalist/photographer and editor of the book Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq. “That’s not how it works, and we need to think about that next time we get involved in a military adventure.”
Testament to surviving photographers
It is almost impossible to read Kamber’s new book without reflecting on how many of its photographs were taken by people who were either killed, severely injured, or taken captive during the conflict. Kamber, who photographed the war over a ten year period, counts himself among the survivors. His book is a testament not only to eight years of brutal warfare, but to the 39 photographers whose work is represented in its pages.
Many of the the book’s 160 images have been widely distributed, their impact indelibly marked in the American mind. Other images, which are just as powerful, have rarely been seen. “Photojournalists on War” also includes compelling eyewitness accounts of battles, the disintegration of soldiers’ marriages, and the lasting effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
While Kamber’s book chronicles the work of photojournalists who were mostly backed by major publications, images of war are increasingly made by enterprising individuals. In 2006, photojournalist Louie Palu quit his job and traveled to Afghanistan at his own risk and on his own money. He had never covered a war before. Working without the support — or the constraints — of an editor meant that he was able to photograph with plenty of artistic freedom. His images are stunning, and it’s no surprise that his series of portraits and panoramic black-and-white shots reveal an Afghanistan that looks very different from most press photography.
Palu is also producing “The Durrani Kings” a documentary about his experiences photographing Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban.
Both Palu and Kamber remain skeptical of the wars they witnessed. Broken promises and official censorship have led to a public that remains poorly informed about war’s devastating effects on ordinary civilians.
It’s often said that the truth is always the first casualty of war. The images of Kamber and Palu are attempts to correct the record.