I never met Tim Hetherington.
But quite a few of my friends did and were impressed with him in many ways.
When his death along with Chris Hondros, in the besieged city of Misrata was reported it was dark news indeed.
Not only for his friends family and loved ones who's pain can only be imagined, but also for the wider photographic world.
Stories of his great humanity and bravery have been recounted for much of the day.
Tim was a mover and a shaker who started off in stills and went on to cross over into moving images, even collecting an Oscar nomination along the way.
As Tim said “If you are interested in mass communication, then you have to stop thinking of yourself as a photographer. We live in a post-photographic world. If you are interested in photography, then you are interested in something — in terms of mass communication — that is past. I am interested in reaching as many people as possible.”
I know nothing of Chris so I feel unable to say anything about him other than like Tim he paid the ultimate price while telling the world what is happening in Mistrata.
A sad day indeed.