""It’s easy to make images that reinforce negative stereotypes and stop people from engaging with the subject… Using daily-life scenes gives us ways we can engage with difficult subject matter.” —Tim Hetherington."
Three years ago today the world lost two of its foremost photojournalists in Libya when a mortar strike claimed the lives of Tim Hetherington & Chris Hondros.
Conflict journalists don’t exactly have a safe job description, but the world is given a chance to better understand and empathize with violence that can rip through any culture, no matter how insulated we might feel. For that we should be grateful, without people like them showing the world warts and all, or human rights observers risking their lives to report for the betterment of others’, we’d be a lot worse off than we are.
These two men, like many who have taken up the mantle in the past 140 years or so were fascinating individuals themselves, the world lost their intrepid courage and artistic voice, but their many colleagues and loved ones lost a spark of light in their lives.