BrooklynTheBorough.com extends its sincerest condolences to the families of filmmaker and photojournalist Tim Hetherington and fellow Brooklynite and Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros, both killed by mortar fire today while reporting on the conflict in Libya. Fellow photographers Guy Martin and Michael Brown were also injured. The Oscar-nominated director of Afghanistan-based film Restrepo, Hetherington was also an author and contributing photographer to Vanity Fair. Here is a[n updated] statement from the Borough President Marty Markowitz's office on this senseless loss.
““Brooklyn extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Brooklyn-based, Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington and Brooklynite and war photographer Chris Hondros of Getty Images, both killed in Misrata, Libya, after being hit by mortar fire. These two men were doing what they did best—reporting to the world about the horrors of war. Mr. Hetherington was a proud Brooklynite by way of England, and Mr. Hondros recently photographed the AIDS quilt on display at Brooklyn Borough Hall for our World AIDS Day observance last December. I hope the loved ones of both of these brave men will be comforted by the prayers and thoughts of all of us grateful for their professional sacrifice.”.”
Born in Liverpool, UK, and based in Brooklyn, Hetherington, 40, is memorialized on VanityFair.com. Hondros was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2004, and his final images from Libya can be found over on the Huffington Post.