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Chris Hondros' iconic image remembered

April 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It's not often that I sit down to pen something that moved many. But today I picked up a tweet from Time that really made me want to add my two cents and post the video that I viewed on Time Lightbox. As many of you know photojournalists Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington were killed during a firefight in Misrata Libya three years ago. But how many of you equate a famous photo with Hondros. I did not know Chris personally but I have known many like him. Always going where the action is, fearless to a fault but always there with a purpose, to show the world what we ourselves cannot see. This video with Getty Vice President/News, Pancho Bernasconi narrating, talks about Hondros and this iconic image and the circumstances surrounding it that brought the war in Iraq into our living rooms. This is not for the squeamish so be aware that these images are powerful.

 

 

Think about what Hondros and the unit he was embedded with were thinking as the car speeds towards them. I know for me I would have been firing at the car just like our soldiers did. After all these guys were in self preservation mode and a speeding car can only mean one thing "bomb". Hondros was there to record the aftermath, the horror these young children were going through. We will miss him and his images just like those of Tim Hetherington!


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