Chris Hondros

Chris Hondros was a photographer for Getty Images based in New York, and in a group of work he did about the war in Liberia he would befriend a Liberian soldier who had dropped out of school at the age of 16 to take part in the war.  This image that Hondros took was of Duo jumping and frozen in mid air showing signs of glory, and would quickly become one of the most iconic photos of the Liberian war and would nominate I’m for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize.

One of the most impressive things behind this story and photograph was that Hondros hadn’t known the soldier Duo yet, and would formally meet in 2005 after a chance encounter in 2003 where Hondros stumbled across Duo and his group of militia men who were young kids, barely even teenagers.  The image that was taken was a shirtless Duo, who wanted to him and his platoon to be photographed while they were on the bridge.  Within seconds of him doing this, the commander Duo shot a rocket launcher toward the enemy, and Duo would immediately turn around and jump shrieking in happiness, as he won the battle.  After this happened Duo quickly moved on to the next battle and disappeared from Hondros.

Later on in 2005, Hondros would return to Monrovia to look for the man he photographed, and with some help from local civilians he was able to do so.  Duo explained to Hondros how he wanted a better life, and they quickly became friends where Hondros would fund his education for him to finish high school and learn things about technology such as simple things like using a computer. After his return he would been photographing the war again, but ultimately ended up dead on the battlefield along with Tim Hetherington.  Hondros risked his life in order to document the struggles and violence in Liberia, and in the end paid his life for it.


Finding Chris Hondros. (Accessed April 26, 2017)


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