Who? You may ask….
And to be honest – even though I’m quite the photography fan – that was my reaction also.
I openly admit I don’t know many photography “names” and much less so current than past famous photographers. So it’s caught my attention when I’ve started to read the name of Tim Hetherington quite a bit of late – both in June’s Professional Photographer Magazine in several different articles (one about him, another about great British photographer) and just now in this article here : http://fadedandblurred.com/spotlight/photographer-spotlight-tim-hetherington/
To give you the very abridged version of why he’s made the news recently – alas Tim Hetherington was one of the journalists/photographers killed in Libya recently (20 April 2011) while covering the conflict/human rights abuses there and travelling with rebel/revolution forces.
I’m aware of the old names in this field – your Robert Capa’s and Don McCullin’s (whom I didn’t realise comes from Finsbury Park and is still alive) but not those of recent times. I only found out who Kevin Carter was after reading Bang Bang club. But is seems that Tim Hetherington has been quite the photographer, journalist and videographer – even producing a Oscar nominated film: Restrepo (!), and winning the World Press Photo competition in 2007 – something I HAVE vaguely followed
So why am I posting ? Well I guess this article just hit a chord. Partially inspiration to make a difference but also to go look up more of Tim Hetherington’s work – as well as being very talented and revered by his peers he sounded like a good person, one that wanted to make a difference to show the world what was going on. I’m not a writer so can’t write something so eloquent as that article – so I’d suggest you do go and have a read yourself – won’t take long.
In the mean time I’m going to add Restrepo to my LoveFilm list
http://www.lovefilm.com/film/Restrepo/152143/ (Trailer included)