There has been much discussion of the heroic acts of first responders in the wake of last Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing. A journalist recently wrote “Journalism needs heroes to serve as symbols of its values and worth” and singled out the photographer Tim Hetherington. This past Thursday, HBO aired a documentary Which Way Is the Frontline From Here? on Hetherington, a photojournalist who died two years ago while covering the conflict in Libya. He was famous for his coverage of American soldiers in Afghanistan and his documentary photographs of the civil war in Liberia. Hetherington’s photographs of American soldiers became the basis for a critically-acclaimed documentary Restrepo that he co-directed with Sebastian Junger. Watch the trailer for Restrepo, read Junger’s obituary that was published in Vanity Fair, and explore Hetherington’s photographs at the Yossi Milo Gallery website. Junger highlights Hetherington’s unique vision but doesn’t explain what he means. What do you think was Hetherington’s vision? Was it heroic?
Since the end of the semester is near, I am lifting the two-week time limit for responses and the deadline for submitting posts to this Discussion Topic is the last day of class, Thursday, May 23rd.
You can also post reflections on the condolences page of a public memorial website Remembering Tim.