☛ Restrepo a film by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, 2010
Daily, we surf the web for news, watch documentaries and browse through stunning photographs provided by photojournalists in order get a “bigger picture” of the world we’re living in. We’re able to do so because people, out there, are putting their lives on the line.
Today, we learned the death of photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington who was killed while covering the front lines in the besieged city of Misrata, in Libya.
Misurata, Libya’s third-largest city, has been cut off by land from the rest of the country by military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. It has been the scene of intensive, close-quarters fighting for weeks. Hundreds of Libyans have been confirmed killed.
The photographers had reached the city by sea from Benghazi, the rebel capital. The early reports said they had been working together near the front lines when they were struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. (The New York Times: “‘Restrepo’ Director Is Killed in Libya” by C.J. Chivers, April 20, 2011)
Restrepo won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It was also nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Photo via the Time LightBox: “Tim Hetherington in Memoriam”
[Update] The Photography Post put up an exhaustive collection of links and resources about Tim Hetherington’s death and his lifetime’s work.