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Photojournalist Chris Hondros: At Work in Misurata, Libya

Getty Images Photographer Chris Hondros, 41, was mortally wounded Wednesday in Misurata, Libya, not long after filing intimate, striking images of the fighting between rebel and government forces. Tim Hetherington, the director and producer of the documentary "Restrepo," was killed in the same attack. While Hetherington's photos were not available to us, we honor both his and Hondros' intense commitment to creating inspiring, touching, storytelling images with this post. The images that follow were made by Hondros in Misurata, Libya, the last three days of his life. Hondros and Hetherington will be missed by colleagues and millions worldwide who have been impacted through simply seeing their work. -- Paula Nelson (39 photos total)

Oscar-nominated British film director and photographer Tim Hetherington (L) climbs from a building in Misurata on April 20, 2011. Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros walks in Misurata on April 18, 2011. Both men, 41, were killed and two other Western journalists were wounded in a mortar attack on April 20, 2011, in the western port city of Misurata. Hetherington and Hondros were the second and third journalists killed in Libya during the two-month-old war between rebels seeking to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi and forces loyal to the strongman, who has ruled for 41 years. (Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images)
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74 comments so far...
1.

Rest In Piece Chris
We all respect all photographers' work and sacrifice on duty.
Farewell from your country.
Athens, Greece

Posted by Lefteris Polakis April 21, 11 02:56 PM
2.

R.I.P

Posted by shareunlimited April 21, 11 02:56 PM
3.

I appreciate, that these pictures are here, That this has been noticed by BigPicture. Compliments.

Posted by victor April 21, 11 02:59 PM
4.

pictures works much better then words - thanks guys
RIP

Posted by deszedol April 21, 11 03:02 PM
5.

Pertamax Gan!
nice shoot!

Posted by kaskuser April 21, 11 03:35 PM
6.

R.I.P., dude.

Posted by Anonymous April 21, 11 03:37 PM
7.

Fate calls on all of us some day. He died doing what he lived for; what he loved.

Posted by John April 21, 11 03:38 PM
8.

Very, very sad to see these post mortem images. Kinda surreal.

Posted by Matt Stigall April 21, 11 03:44 PM
9.

R.I.P. guys. At least you died doing what you love. A little spooky seeing these photos posthumously. The stairwell photo series makes me anxious just looking at them. Paz.

Posted by franknbeans April 21, 11 03:48 PM
10.

One forgets just how brave some journalists are, putting their lives on the line daily to bring the rest of the world the truth.

Rest In Peace.

Posted by Nick Redfern April 21, 11 03:58 PM
11.

How does anyone know who is the comrade and who is the enemy?!?

Posted by Chuck April 21, 11 04:04 PM
12.

Incredible photos. R.I.P to the brave who gave their only lives to enlighten our own.

Posted by Noy April 21, 11 04:12 PM
13.

Wow

Posted by Clement April 21, 11 04:19 PM
14.

I have no words.

Posted by Local77 April 21, 11 04:22 PM
15.

Thank you Chris - You will be missed!

Posted by Mario Passi April 21, 11 04:23 PM
16.

guns guns guns...

Posted by ken April 21, 11 04:31 PM
17.

Impressive and sad.

Posted by Shinig4mi94 April 21, 11 04:40 PM
18.

amazing and terrible.
@ma_prensa

Posted by miguel angel April 21, 11 04:49 PM
19.

first. amazing pictures

Posted by rp April 21, 11 04:56 PM
20.

Horrifying.

Posted by David G April 21, 11 04:56 PM
21.

what are we willing to pick up guns for?
#25 is heartbreaking

Posted by caker April 21, 11 05:22 PM
22.

God bless you two, guys. You lost your life to share such pictures and witness the atrocities that the Misrata people endure. These pictures are priceless and worth a thousand words. You were brave, and selfless.
I hate war but hope Gaddafi's days are numbered. No people should ever die from the hand of their political leader.
Wherever you are now, rest in peace, Chris and Tim.

Posted by Alienor April 21, 11 05:28 PM
23.

RIP, You were a warrior and a saint

Posted by Peter April 21, 11 05:57 PM
24.

Killers killing killers.

Whatever names you give them,rebels, government supporters, military, anarchists, it's still just killers killing killers.

I think it's time we stopped killing each other.

I think it's time we were accepting of each other and JUST STOP KILLING EACH OTHER.

Look, they worship a different god. i know, lets get our guns.

Look, they voted for a different leader, lets get our guns.

look, they have different guns than us, lets get our guns.

FFS!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Posted by humanbeing April 21, 11 06:50 PM
25.

RIP.

Without journalists like this, the would be BLIND.

Posted by Kai April 21, 11 07:24 PM
26.

Excellent, the end is very unfortuanate.
Condolances to family and friends.

Posted by Ian Clark April 21, 11 07:26 PM
27.

Heard about this early yesterday and tried rewatching Restrepo last night but couldn't sit through 20 minutes of it.. RIP

Posted by Chris April 21, 11 07:37 PM
28.

what a brave!!!

Posted by Aditya Legowo April 21, 11 07:45 PM
29.

wow....me deja sin comentarios. Es triste ver este conflicto desde esta cercania, y saber que la comunidad internacional esta de brazos cruzados

Posted by m v April 21, 11 08:23 PM
30.

What a sad story...
We lost a good journalist...

Posted by Jaime April 21, 11 08:39 PM
31.

So sad what people are doing to each other with the thoughts of hatred and hardness and murder in their minds. What they will do is so horrible.

Posted by Emily W. April 21, 11 08:59 PM
32.

Powerful and gut wrenching imagery. Thank you for your sacrifice in making others' stories heard. R.I.P. Mr. hondros.

Posted by Jon T. April 21, 11 10:43 PM
33.

Rest In Peace, your sacrifice was not in vain

Posted by Sherpal April 21, 11 11:34 PM
34.

best pic

Posted by teenday123 April 22, 11 12:08 AM
35.

Rest in Peace .Guys you are immortal for your picture.

Posted by jiao lu April 22, 11 01:01 AM
36.

RIP. Thank you for your sacrifice.. and for making it possible for us to see the truth

Posted by Jyted April 22, 11 02:31 AM
37.

Brave men those TWO!
Nothing more to say.....

Posted by Tom April 22, 11 02:42 AM
38.

@Lefteris Polakis

is Rest in PEACE, not piece.

Posted by bryan April 22, 11 03:05 AM
39.

Very sad. Brave individuals who have done amazing work. RIP

There is also something deeply saddening about seeing an image of a young infant/ child that has been injured in somebody else's battle.

Posted by Andy April 22, 11 03:36 AM
40.

@humanbeing #24

Killing of a tyrrant is not a murder.
Raising arms against a tyrrant goverment is not a treason.

Living through a late communist era in Central Europe just brings me sympathy towards freedom fighters in Lybia. To put your well being in risk by raising arms, to endanger your relatives and innocent people in a struggle for freedom.

To common Lybians:
Stay united, fight for a better, free life in free Lybia.
Do not commit yourself to atrocities, use your superior moral stand to win hearts and support of the world. Keep on doing the right thing, do not kill unnecessarily. I bow in awe seeing picture of wounded enemy being treated well.
You shall overcome. We have not forgotten you!

Posted by Schmouddle April 22, 11 04:06 AM
41.

Powerful stuff. Rest in peace.

Posted by Jogs April 22, 11 04:35 AM
42.

Big Picture é de visita obrigatória e diária. Fotos ironicamente belas. Obrigado.

Posted by Jacinto Gomes April 22, 11 06:17 AM
43.

I bow to all the photographers, who are in the middle of the action everytime a conflict such as this arises and bring to light pictures like this, which show the reality of conflicts. A conflict has no winners and losers, its always the civilians who are at loss.

What is fault of that kid in photo 16, 17 and 18 he does not even know who gaddafi is or what he is, he is not supporting any one, why should he/she suffer. Why should one mans ego and stupidity control the life of others?. All we have to do is let logic prevail and there will be no conflicts.

I bow to Tim and Chris for the work they have done so far. Please see the Devil came on horseback, you will understand the contribution tim has made. May your souls rest in peace.

Ajay Chandru
India

Posted by Ajay Chandru April 22, 11 07:44 AM
44.

Rest in peace...
we lost two good photo- Journalists...

Posted by Frank April 22, 11 08:18 AM
45.

R.I.P

Posted by Sandeep April 22, 11 08:22 AM
46.

Miles de años de historia humana y aun no hemos aprendido a vivir en paz entre nosotros, y pensar que algunos ni dudan en matar y algunos sacrifican sus vidas en el interés de los demás, ojala mas personas tuvieran el espíritu de sacrifico por los demás.....

Posted by Mario Quisocala April 22, 11 09:47 AM
47.

thank you for reminding us that war is pain and destruction

Posted by Inger Christensen April 22, 11 10:14 AM
48.

The house to house fighting look tough & in the end it was the rebels who won it as it can be seen in your pics... But still I wonder if the rebels should not have accepted the African Union Peace plan!!! Maybe you would have still be alive and Libya already making its first step towards real democracy!!!

RIP

Posted by Yussuf April 22, 11 12:51 PM
49.

Knowing Chris meant you loved him. I am so thankfull to see what he was going through and what he was seeing. It brings us closer to him in some way, he was doing what he loved and believed in. We can't imagine the horror of it all and thanks to Chris we don't have too....

Posted by Tammy Shields Combs April 22, 11 03:07 PM
50.

Brave guys who document war for us safe guys to witness... RIP Chris & Tim

Posted by Jason April 22, 11 06:16 PM
51.

Anybody tells me who created these sophisticated weapons, who sold them to Gaddafi, who has the benefits of using them, who has been aware of Gaddafi criminal intentions but never tried to stop him... I need to know them because they are the real criminals... Yes, Chris and Tim were brave to show us such horror, but I am honestly crying those kids and mothers who were wounded and killed by this side or the other...

Posted by Tahar April 23, 11 12:39 AM
52.

Thanks to all of the journalists and photographers who risk their lives to show us the horrible side of humanity - if it wasn't shown, then we simply would not know. It's so sad that these two men lost their lives, may it not be in vain.

Posted by SimonB April 23, 11 07:14 AM
53.

Dear ur a courages man, but it is the job of every photojournalist to show truth inspite such difficulties. some gr8 wrk by u.

Posted by atulhundoo April 23, 11 12:29 PM
54.

Hondros deserves to posthumously be awarded the Pulitzer for this work.

Posted by Light of truth April 23, 11 12:47 PM
55.

"Is better to have lived a full life doing what you like than to have lived a longer one but half-heartedly." R.I.P. and my condolences to the families. EMS

Posted by Essdras M Suarez April 23, 11 05:54 PM
56.

I hate wars!

Posted by Allan April 23, 11 11:51 PM
57.

to all deeply brain-washed, naive lovely american smarties:

if you guys pick up your weapons and attack your government, see what your government will do to you.
by following your way of thinking, i can expect your government should invite all of you to have a big party and award everyone of you a gold medal for your bravery......

Posted by sense maker April 24, 11 12:26 AM
58.

Allah yerahmou

Posted by thomas talmat April 24, 11 05:45 AM
59.

ALL IN THE NAME OF OIL...

Oil is a curse on all humanity, Its a real real shame that the world puts greed before HUMANITY..

Posted by Juan Ali April 24, 11 10:54 AM
60.

Same guy in pics #9 and #24

Posted by Salvi Colom April 24, 11 11:38 AM
61.

can't believe how close he was, and the poise he retained throughout. gave everything to give us this side of libya. if there are heroes in war, surely Hondros (and Hetherington) were.

Louis, Australia

Posted by Louis Wakley April 24, 11 11:59 AM
62.

Rest in Peace. Without courageous people like you the world would not see the truth out there.

Posted by Karen April 24, 11 11:10 PM
63.

R.I.P.

Posted by tak April 25, 11 03:55 AM
64.

I think in Photo#39 rebels have fired a Recoilless Rifle, not a heavy rocket propelled grenade.
Please do check and rectify.

Posted by Shahbaz April 25, 11 12:21 PM
65.

I'm not sure putting yourself in harms way like this is the right thing to do. Although it is important for people to know what is going on around us, I don't think it is necessary to be within feet of military personnel as they carry out their work. Reminds me of Timothy Treadwell in a way - if you play with fire eventually you will be burned.
It is inspiring that he had the courage to go out and get these shots, but also tragic that he felt it was necessary to sacrifice his own life to show what we already know; the middle east is a cesspool of war and has been for thousands of years. No photograph is ever going to change that.

Posted by Smark April 25, 11 04:16 PM
66.

RIP

great to see yourself putting yourself beyond the call of duty.

Posted by enmanuel April 26, 11 03:01 AM
67.

Can't get much closer to action than this. Amazing and inspiring to see how far some peope dare to go to keep the whole lot of us, safely located some thousands of miles away, informed on a continuous basis. Though of course we'd rather avoid all the casualties of war anyway.

Posted by Tom April 27, 11 02:53 PM
68.

Descansa en paz, impactantes fotos

Posted by Carolina April 29, 11 04:35 PM
69.

RIP, your dedication will inspire us and will last forever

Posted by Arif Rudiana April 29, 11 08:51 PM
70.

RIP Chris and Tim you will be missed.
Libyans, stay united, strong and true to your cause. Allah be with you.

Posted by Libyan April 30, 11 11:20 AM
71.

RIP

I can see the situation thanks to them.

Posted by smzgk April 30, 11 08:23 PM
72.

everyday i would look for new pictures of TIM and CHRIS wish it would have been different for them GOD be with the families!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by avril May 1, 11 01:54 PM
73.

Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous May 2, 11 12:59 AM
74.

Thank you Chris for bringing stories that would otherwise go untold, to the world. I am sorry you lost your life and Libya will never forget you. These "rebels" are really freedom fighters that have no choice but to fight. The sad thing is that when you are faced with death and rape by a government army who is determined to wipe your people out the only way to stop it is to resist them by fighting them back other wise you did not do your children and your people justice by letting them die and that is the situation in Libya and that is why Chris risked his life to show the human story. May you rest in peace. May God give the Libyan people victory and freedom from this brutal regime soon and may the loss of life stop now.

Posted by Eman Saad May 3, 11 09:20 AM
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