RIP Tim Hetherington

It is a sad and heartbreaking night.

Restrepo director and photojournalist, Tim Hetherington, age 41, was killed in Libya.  Killed while doing his job to show us — those of us safe at home — the grit of what really goes on in countries at war.  Who else among us would (or could) do this job?

I’m not naive.  I know, as we all know, that this is the risk taken.  But goddammit.  Tim was, he really was, special.  Last year I read Sebastian Junger’s WAR (blog post here) and appreciated his and Tim’s brave, in-your-face, realistic portrayal of our war in Afghanistan.  Of course, this portrayal was not without criticism.  This Guernica  interview talks about the difficulties of publishing this kind of work.

Much of what I’ve learned these last few years about the up-close (dis)organization and snafu-dom of modern war, I’ve learned from Sebastian’s words and Tim’s photos and film.  Their art, their courage, is exactly that thing that’s desperately needed and so rarely done.  Tonight I thank Tim Hetherington for his dedication, for his portraits and film, and for his selfless commitment to reporting on the controversial wars that plague us.  Because of Tim I feel like I understand.  May his family be at peace.

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10 thoughts on “RIP Tim Hetherington

  1. Oma

    Damn, I hate this. Men and women dying for reasons I can not fathom. Thoughts and prayers to those he left behind.

  2. Teri Post author

    Did everyone see that Jeanne Leiby, the 46 yr old editor of The Southern Review, died yesterday also — car accident. Jeanne was such a smart lady, and at the helm of one of the best Lit Mags out there. RIP Jeanne, as well…

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