BK photographers die by RPG in Libya

Two Brooklyn-based photojournalists were killed yesterday after they came under mortar fire in Libya.

Brooklyn-based photojournalist Tim Hetherington was killed in the mortar attack and New York-born Getty photographer Chris Hondros died hours after being hit with shrapnel, The New York Times reported.

Panos Pictures, Hetherington’s employer, confirmed yesterday that his family had been notified after the group was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Both Hetherington and Hondros, known for cultivating an international body of work covering conflict, were fatally wounded in Misrata, a Libyan city under siege. Two other photographers were wounded, The New York Times reported.

Hetherington was a well-known photographer most recently highlighted for “Restrepo,” the Academy Award-nominated documentary about a war-torn valley in Afghanistan.

“This was a good man with so much to give,” photographer James Whitlow Delano told Metro.

The death of Hondros was reported last night by a New York Times reporter near the triage center where the photographers were taken.

“Chris made sacrifices in his own life to bring the hardships of war into the public eye, and that dedication created award-winning photographs that shaped the way people viewed the world,” New York Times photographer and colleague Tyler Hicks wrote.

Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter at @AlisonatMetro.


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