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Tim Hetherington

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Tim Hetherington's mission to create a better understanding of the world cast him in many roles: photojournalist, filmmaker, human rights advocate, artist and a leading thinker in media innovation.

After graduating from Oxford in 1992 with a degree in Classics and English he began to explore the use of visual media as a tool to explore and communicate the issues that interested him. Following a second degree in photojournalism from Cardiff University (1997) he worked initially for the UK press and soon branched into international coverage. Working and living in Africa for many years he explored the consequences of conflict and quickly came to document conflict itself before delving deeper to understand the origins and causes of violence. This and other work took him around the world, including a year-long study of American fighting forces in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008, and ultimately to Libya where he was killed in a mortar attack in April 2011. American photojournalist Chris Hondros was fatally injured in the same incident.

Tim's output ranged from magazine photo essays, documentary films, art installations, multimedia exhibitions and investigative work for Human Rights Watch and the United Nations.

Many photographers will have seen the documentary film Restrepo (2010), which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger. Restrepo won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2010. The film explores the year that Junger and Hetherington spent in Afghanistan attached to the Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army in the Korangal Valley.

The Tim Hetherington Trust mission is to promote the continuation of Tim’s vision by promoting the continued use of his work and by supporting new work by other artists. The Trust coordinates the many uses of Tim’s work by individuals and institutions engaged in humanitarian endeavours using purposeful story-telling and the arts in general. In addition to overseeing current projects the Tim Hetherington Trust is developing a grant programme to encourage the initiation of new work and the inaugural Visionary Award was announced in April 2015.