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Chris Hondros Dies of Injuries in Libya


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An undated photo of Chris Hondros in Afghanistan.

Photojournalist Chris Hondros died today in Misrata, Libya from injuries he sustained when he was hit by rocket fire, his agency, Getty Images has confirmed. Hondros had been covering the ongoing fighting between rebels and troops loyal to Colonel Muammar Qaddafi.

In its public statement Getty Images said, "Chris never shied away from the front line, having covered the world’s major conflicts throughout his distinguished career and his work in Libya was no exception. We are working to support his family and his fiancée as they receive this difficult news, and are preparing to bring Chris back to his family and friends in the United States.  He will be sorely missed."

Photographer Tim Hetherington was killed in the same attack. Photographers Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown were also injured.

Hondros, who was a staff photographer for Getty Images, has covered major conflicts around the world since the late 1990s, most recently in  Afghanistan, the West Bank, Iraq, and the popular uprising in Egypt March. Hondros was 41 years old.

He won numerous photojournalism awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award in 2006, and multiple awards from the World Press Photos and Pictures of the Year International Competition.

In 2010, PDN readers named Hondros's 2005 photos from Tal Afar, Iraq, among the most influential works of photojournalism of the decade. The photos, which Hondros took while with US soldiers from an infantry division, showed a US soldiers shooting at a car at a night time road block.

The car held a frightened Iraqi family. The five children in the back seat survived; the parents were killed. Talking to PDN about the series five years later, Hondros said, "When I give talks or lectures people often ask me my personal feelings about war, usually I dodge the question. Sometimes I say that I don’t expect my pictures to stop wars, but rather I hope they help citizens to understand what going to war means. On that level at least, I think the Tal Afar pictures fulfill my goals as a photographer; for they shine a rare and unsparing light onto war’s brutal-yet-routine realities. And people should know about them."

Hondros was born March 14, 1970 in New York City, and grew up in North Carolina. He studied English literature at North Carolina State University and earned a master's degree at Ohio University's School of Visual Communications.

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