Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Salute to the Photojournalists

It's something I came to way too late in life, but something that I just love to do. Writing my opinions is one thing. To capture history? That lasts forever. It's real. And it's magical.

The photogs who travel to areas of conflict though - they are the real heroes. We take their shots for granted as they put their hearts and lives on the line everyday. From the WaPo shooters who won a Pultizer for their heart-wrenching work in Haiti, to these brave guys in Libya...

Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated film director and conflict photographer who produced the film “Restrepo,” was killed in the besieged city of Misurata on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside him were wounded.

The wounds to two of the photographers — Chris Hondros and Guy Martin — were grave, according to a colleague at the triage center where they were being treated Wednesday night. Their prospects for survival were not immediately clear.

... a deeply-felt salute of appreciation goes out today. Thank you for your work and your courage.

UPDATE: Some of the images sent today from wounded photographer Chris Hondros are here.

UPDATE 2: The NY Times has reported that Chris Hondros has passed away. RIP.