By Caitlin Kelly
For those of you not working in news journalism, or photojournalism, award-winning British photographer Tim Hetherington was only 40 when he was killed in Misrata, Libya with photographer Chris Hondros in April 2011.
It’s easy to forget — or not even really understand — that while soldiers are killed, or maimed and traumatized by fighting in war, so are journalists, photographers, videographers and their fixers and interpreters. You can’t phone in war photos, so those shooting with a camera are often as much in the line of fire, as much in harm’s way as the soldiers they are with.
It is a small and tightly-knit community of men and women war journalists who move from one conflict zone to the next, their helmets and Kevlar flak jackets ever at the ready.
Author, writer and film-maker Sebastian Junger, who lives in New York, gave this long and intimate radio interview yesterday on the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC. He made an award-winning war documentary, Restrepo, with Hetherington.
Here are some images of American soldiers by Hetherington at the International Center of Photography, on display until May 13.
Every journalist, journalism teacher and student of journalism needs to watch this film and know what news reporting can cost.
I hope you’ll make time to watch this documentary and remember the sacrifice and bravery of those who witness war on our behalf.
We owe them our attention and respect.