Tim Hetherington

Liberia Retold and Sleeping Soldiers

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Tim Hetherington Liberia Retold and Sleeping Soldiers

Tim Hetherington was born in Liverpool, UK. He studied literature at Oxford University and later returned to college to study photojournalism. He is based in New York and is a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair magazine.

His interest lies in creating diverse forms of visual communication and his work has ranged from digital projections at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, to fly-poster exhibitions in Lagos, to handheld device downloads. Known for his long-term documentary work, Tim lived and worked in West Africa for eight years and has reported on social and political issues worldwide.

His project Healing Sport was published by Thames and Hudson as part of group project Tales of a Globalizing World (2003). Long Story Bit By Bit:Liberia Retold (Umbrage Editions in 2009) narrates recent Liberian history by drawing on images and interviews made over a five year period. A new book, Infidel, about a group of US soldiers in Afghanistan continues the examination of young men and conflict, and will be published by Chris Boot later this year.

As a film maker, he has worked as both a cameraman and director/producer. He was a cameraman on Liberia: an Uncivil War (2004) and The Devil Came on Horseback (2007), and his directorial debut film Restrepo about a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (2000-4), a Hasselblad Foundation grant (2002), four World Press Photo prizes including the World Press Photo of the Year 2007, the Rory Peck Award for Features (2008), and an Alfred I. duPont award (2009).


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