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Image Gatherer

Tim Hetherington was one of the best photographers because he engagded his subjects.

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, April 19, 2013/Categories: photography

Tim Hetherington was a special breed of photographer. He wasn't particularly interested in photography. Hetherington wanted to know his subjects. He used a large format film camera that didn't separate him from what he was trying to capture in an image. Hetherington died in 2011 while covering the uprising in Libya.

Tim Hetherington was probably best known as the co-producer with Sebastian Junger of the documentary film, Restrepo , that won the Grand Jury Prize in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival. However, his photography from the war zones he covered as a photo-journalist in Africa, Afghanistan, and elsewhere was profound and powerful.

Tim Hetherington, 2010  (credit: Wiki-commons)

HBO has just released Which Way is the Frontline from Here?, Junger's poignant tribute to his friend that had its first presentation at the Sundance Film Festival this past January. The annual film event in Park City, Utah has become known for the strength in its documentary program, but Sundance also organized an art installation showcasing the depth of Hetherington's photographic skills at a gallery during the Festival.

Tim Hetherington's "Sleeping Soldiers", Sundance Film Festival, 2013  (credit: Sundance/SWP Media)

Hopefully the HBO financed documentary will receive a wide audience if it is released to theaters. This 'gatherer of images' won't be forgotten anytime soon.


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