Tim Hetherington (American and British, 1970-2011)

Tim Hetherington (1970 - 2011, British-American) was a photojournalist and filmmaker who focused on individuals immersed in social and political conflicts. Regarded for his long-term documentary work, Hetherington lived and worked in West Africa for eight years and reported on largescale conflict worldwide. Through his photographs, writing and films, Tim Hetherington gave us new ways to look at and think about human suffering. Tim was tragically killed on April 20, 2011, while photographing and filming in Libya.


Born in 1970 in Liverpool, Tim Hetherington graduated from Oxford University and later studied at Cardiff University. A contributing photographer at Vanity Fair, Tim received numerous awards including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (2000 - 2004), a Hasselblad Foundation Grant (2002), the 2007 World Press Photo of the Year, the Rory Peck Award for Features (2008), an Alfred I. DuPont Columbia Award (2009), as well as an Academy Award nomination and the Leadership in Entertainment Award by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America for the film Restrepo (2011). Hetherington's photographs are held in several museum collections, including Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Imperial War Museums, England; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, among others. After his death, the largest town square in Ajdabiya, Libya was renamed Tim Hetherington Square by anti-Qaddafi rebels.