Photos of Tim Hetherington’s photos by G.
First off, please excuse the glare in the photos. You do the best you can in a crowded gallery with a protective layer of glass between you and these images.
Photojournalist Tim Hetherington died on location in Libya covering the war in 2011 and this exhibit at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York celebrates the first major public exhibition of his photos. I met Tim Hetherington in 2010 and I’ve been upset to this day about his senseless death. Having first hand exposure to meeting someone so inspired and full of life (and extremely nice) to be murdered in a war has altered the way I think about life. If you see the film “Restrepo,” which Hetherington co-directed along with Sebastian Junger, I don’t see how or why ANYONE would want to go to war. It’s pointless and scary as hell!
These photos were taken on location in Liberia and Afghanistan and they are so much more poignant knowing that Hetherington would ultimately die covering the war. Photos and videos of his observations of the brotherhood of soldiers, the fragility of life and the measures people will go to protect themselves are extremely sobering but once again necessary to be seen in hopes that if people really knew what war was all about, maybe people would stop fighting.
This exhibit of works by Tim Hetherington is showing at Yossi Milo Gallery (located at 245 Tenth Avenue) in New York through May 19, 2012.