Earlier today, Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya. The British born photojournalist is best known for his film Restrepo, a wonderful documentary that Scott and I both saw and enjoyed last year. It was nominated for an Academy Award at this year’s Oscars, but lost to Inside Job. What made Restrepo so great was that it was the work of artists who genuinely cared about the subject matter at hand. Sadly, that same passion for telling wartime stories led to Hetherington’s death during a mortar shell attack in Misrata, essentially ground zero for the present conflict. The day before his death, Hetherington tweeted “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.” It is a truly tragic loss for the world.
Edit: The photographer in me wanted to include these military portraits taken by Tim for “Vanity Fair”. These image, captured while reporting from the Koregal Valley in Afghanistan, would shape “Restrepo”, the hallmark of Hetherington’s career.