Tim Hetherington was an award-winning photojournalist who dedicated his life to documenting life inside warzones from West Africa to the Middle East. He was killed in 2011 while covering the Libyan civil war.
Early in his career Tim was awarded a Nesta Fellowship (2000 – 2004) to investigate how online technology can reinvent the traditions of documentary photography to ensure it stays relevant to the 21st century.
Tim used his Fellowship to explore new types of storytelling, using photography, documentaries and multimedia, to engage the rest of the world with what life is like in conflict zones.
He spent many years in West Africa and lived in Liberia during the second civil war. His coverage of rebel forces led him to work as an investigator for the Liberia Sanctions Committee with the United Nations Security Council.
In 2007, he won the World Press Photo of the Year for his portrait of an exhausted soldier in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, one of the deadliest areas of combat.
After spending two years in Afghanistan, he produced a multimedia project, Sleeping Soldiers, a book, Infidel, and a documentary, Restrepo.
Restrepo earned Tim and co-director Sebastian Junger an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature.
This year, Junger directed a film about Tim’s life, Which Way Is the Front Line From Here?. The documentary features much of Tim’s own footage including his last pieces of work in Libya, where he was killed along with fellow photographer Chris Hondros.
After his death, a square in Ajdabiya, Libya was renamed “Tim Hetherington Square.”
Tim’s innovative use of multimedia and online coverage meant that the stories of war and those who fought them reached across the world.
His photography archive is represented by Magnum Photos.