'Restrepo' Co-Director Tim Hetherington Reportedly Killed in Libya
Some sad news was rumored this morning as Business Insider picked up on a since removed Facebook status update from photographer Andre Liohn saying that a group of photographers, including Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington, had been killed in Libya. The New York Times has since learned more about the situation and has confirmed that Hetherington has indeed died after a rocket propelled grenade exploded near photographers on the frontlines in the city of Misurata. Meanwhile, the rest of the photographers seem to be alive but in varying health conditions after the attack. Check NY Times for more.
If anyone has seen the Oscar nominated documentary chronicling a year with one platoon in a deadly valley in Afghanistan, then you know how close to military action these photographers would get. Hetherington's film (which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger) won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive much praise and accolades before being nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the most recent Academy Awards. This truly is a tragedy and our thoughts go out to Tim Hetherington's friends and family at this difficult time and we hope the rest of the injured photographers are able to recover from this ordeal.