Wednesday, April 20, 2011

RIP for Hetherington, Restrepo Shooter

Tim Hetherington's reported death in action has devastated his war correspondent colleagues and the American troops he documented; Chris Hondros was also mortally wounded by mortars. Guy Martin, a Briton affiliated with the Panos photo agency, and Michael Christopher Brown - were wounded by shrapnel but expected to survive.

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Reports are still sketchy. Update: see the New York Times coverage for further information. Here's one obit from the Wall Street Journal blog:

Tim Hetherington, co-director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Restrepo,” has been killed in Libya. Several news outlets, including ABC News, have reported on his death, and Vanity Fair, where he worked as a contributing photographer, tweeted that his passing had been confirmed.

The 41-year-old Hetherington apparently was the victim of a mortar attack in Misrata that wounded several other journalists.

“Restrepo” tracked a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan, and was co-directed by Sebastian Junger, author of “The Perfect Storm.”

Hetherington began his career in photography in 1997. His assignments took him to Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and other places.

His last tweet reads “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”

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