Tim Hetherington ✝
Tim Hetherington, a photographer and filmmaker, was killed while covering the escalating violence in Misrata, Libya at age 40 on April 20th, 2011. At the time of his death, he was working along side three other photographers on the city’s front lines when they came under fire.
As a filmmaker, Hetherington worked as a cameraman, director, and producer. Hetherington was best known for the Oscar nominated 2010 Afghan war documentary, Restrepo, which he produced and co-directed with Sebastian Junger. He also served as producer/director on Channel 4’s Unreported World – Nigeria: Fire in the Delta (2006) and as a cameraman on The Devil Came on Horseback (2007), a documentary about the Sudanese militia attacks on Chad.
His photography career began at the Big Issue, the magazine sold by London’s homeless. From there he moved on to work as a freelance photographer for The Independent and, later on, for magazines like Vanity Fair. In 2007, he was awarded the World Press photo of the year for his portrait of an exhausted US soldier in Korengal. He was also a member of the UN panel of experts on Liberia and worked with the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The Common Good hosted Hetherington in 2010: Special Screening of Restrepo 2010.