"Mr. Hetherington had a deep, angry series of hash marks on his ankle where he broke his fibula. After Mr. Hetherington fell down a mountain, the medic who examined him told him it wasn’t broken; that was a lie because they were four hours away from base, and there was no way to get there except to walk on his mess of a leg.
'That was not a very good evening,' he said, smiling as he looked down at the scar. 'There was very little choice at the time, because you don’t want to be the person that is slowing down the platoon and putting others at risk."
David Carr, The New York Times.
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Tim Hetherington: Infidel Introduction by Sebastian Junger. Infidel is an intimate portrait of a single U.S. platoon, assigned to an outpost in the Korengal Valley—an area considered one of the most dangerous Afghan postings in the war against
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Tim Hetherington was killed on April 20, 2011, in the besieged city Misrata, Libya, while covering the front lines during the 2011 Libyan civil war.
Link to more information about Tim Hetherington at his official website.
In 2007, Vanity Fair sent Perfect Storm author Sebastian Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington to Afghanistan to document a platoon of US soldiers stationed in a remote outpost named "Restrepo." Their film, also called Restrepo is currently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film. The featured photograph at right is from Hetherington's accompanying book of photographs, Infidel, with an introduction by Junger, in which he writes, "Once when we were there, the outpost was in four firefights in one day. The record was thirteen. Every man out there was nearly killed and every man out there had lost a friend. It’s deeply unnatural for the young to have to make accommodations for their own death and these men did that every day for over a year. It took a toll. No one went crazy but in some ways it seemed like they should have. I don’t know how – at age twenty – you begin incorporating an experience like that into your inner world. I don’t know how you make sense of that and then proceed to make sense of life back home."
Introduction by Sebastian Junger.
Published by Chris Boot
Infidel is an intimate portrait of a single U.S. platoon, assigned to an outpost in the Korengal Valley—an area considered one of the most dangerous Afghan postings in the war against the Taliban—but it is as much about love and male vulnerability as it is about bravery and war. Embedded with writer Sebastian Junger, and shooting over the course of one year, photographer Tim Hetherington made a series of images that prove surprisingly tender in their depiction of camaraderie and vulnerability (among the most moving is a series of the platoon sleeping). Alongside revealing interviews with Hetherington’s subjects and an introduction by Junger (with whom Hetherington co-directed the award-winning film Restrepo, about the work of the battalion), the book is also illustrated with graphics of the tattoos the soldiers gave each other in the camp. The title Infidel is taken from the tattoo the men adopted as a badge of their comradeship. Warm, moving and full of humor, this book is a tribute to the “rough men ready to do violence on our behalf” and a provocative contribution to the documentation of war in our time.
Tim Hetherington was born in Liverpool, U.K., and took up photojournalism after studying literature at Oxford University. Five years spent living in Liberia resulted in the book Long Story Bit By Bit: Liberia Retold (2009), and awards for his photojournalism include World Press Photo of the Year 2007 (for his dramatic war photography from Afghanistan), the Rory Peck Award for Features (2008) and an Alfred I duPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism while on assignment with Sebastian Junger for ABC News (2009). As a filmmaker, he has worked as both a cameraman and director/producer. Restrepo won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. He is based in New York and is a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair magazine.
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