Tim Hetherington, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and British photojournalist, documented the experience of war from the perspective of the individual, mostly in West Africa and the Middle East. Through his photography, writing, and films, Hetherington offered new ways to look at and think about human suffering. On April 20, 2011, while covering the conflict in Libya, Hetherington and fellow photographer Chris Hondros were killed by Libyan forces in a mortar attack on the besieged city of Misrata.
The exhibition entwines documentary photography, oral testimony, and memoir to explore the dynamics of power, international complicity, and the search for justice in recent Liberian history. Hetherington lived in Liberia on and off for several years, documenting with his Hasselblad the chaos and agony of war and the painful, slow reconciliations that followed.
Hetherington was the recipient of Columbia University’s Alfred I. DuPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism, a UK NESTA National Endowment Fellowship and four World Press Photo prizes, including the 2007 World Press Photo of the Year.
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