We always wonder the danger that the photographers must be in when taking photos on the line of duty. Chris Hondros gave his life for his passion. This indeed came across in the NPR interview about him with a co-founder of Getty Images, Jonathan Klein, who Hondros was working for when killed in Libya. Rachel Martin asks Klein some questions that help us get down to the nature and passion of Hondros’s photography rather than whether or not he felt it was worth his life.
I enjoyed the segment where Martin includes an audio snippet of Hondros while he explains a photograph he took of a girl after an American soldier killed her parents. He explained the connections that people made and why it became such a compelling picture. Essentially we all have an image bank inside our head and when we see individual images we, think back to our historical context of it. This is genuine and helps explain what makes a photograph so much more significant than others.
Klein and Martin go on to talk about Hondros as a person, his love for classical music, and care for what he did. His photography to him was about telling the story of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. He traveled to the Middle East not only to collect photos for Getty Images but as a social practice to show the world something they have never seen before.