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The Story Behind the Late Photojournalist Chris Hondros’ Most Poignant Image


Three years have gone by since the tragic passing of photojournalists Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington. The two photographers lost their lives on April 20th, 2011 during a firefight in Misrata, Libya.

In the video above, Getty’s Vice President/Director of Photography for News, Pancho Bernasconi, talks to TIME about what is arguably the most power photograph Hondros ever took: a photo of a young girl who had just witnessed the death of her parents in a shooting in the city of Tal Afar, Iraq.

Bernasconi runs through the entire story leading up to the capturing of the image, in addition to giving a brief synopsis of his personal and professional thoughts on Hondros as a photojournalist and a human being. Many of Bernasconi’s statements are worth pulling out and noting, but rather than compile a list of quotes, I’ll just allow the video to speak for itself. It is almost as hard-hitting as the image itself.

To find out more of the backstory behind the video and photograph, you can head on over to TIME Lightbox by following the link below.

Testament: Remembering Chris Hondros’ Iconic Photograph From Iraq [TIME Lightbox]