The photojournalist Tim Hetherington was reported today to have been killed while covering the fighting in Libya. He is pictured above (right) with Sebastian Junger. The two of them co-directed last year’s Restrepo, a studiously apolitical but nevertheless passionately delivered documentary about an embattled company of American soldiers in the rugged Korengal valley in eastern Afghanistan; review here. (Since then the area has, for all intents and purposes, been abandoned to the Taliban.)
Hetherington’s brave, intensely personal photography was the perfect complement to Junger’s respectful and engaging portrait of these hard-bitten men fighting in thin air and murky circumstances at the ends of the world. There aren’t many who dared to go where he went and document what he did.