Sebastian Junger remembers Tim Hetherington

Tim Hetherington was a british photojournalist born in 1970.  He was known for his books, films, and installations, but was best known for the documentary film Restrepo which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger.  Unfortunately Hetherington would eventually be killed by shrapnel while he was filming the war in Libya, and this entry by Sebastian is his recount of the influence Tim Hetherington left on him.

Originally Sebastian and Tim exchanged stories, that Sebastian found hard to believe until he settled into the brutal narrative that Tim had laid out for him.  In the very beginning Sebastian is just imagining what it was like after Tim was wounded by the shrapnel and him and his wounded colleagues trying to rush him to the clinic in time in hopes that he would survive.  He talks about how he imagined that he was with Tim the entire time on the truck while he was being escorted to safety, only being able to look up in the sky and see the clouds go by, “thinking what a silly way to die.”

When Sebastian talks about his actual conversations with Tim he recalls them always talking about risk, referring to it as a beautiful woman who they were both in love with and desperately trying to capture.  “The one who made us feel the most special, the most alive.” They were always trying to have one more encounter with this “women” and knew the risks of actually going into battle, but it was the fear that actually motivated them.

Sebastian Junger remembers Tim Hetherington. (Accessed April 27, 2017)


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