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Apr212011

Two War Photographers Killed in Libya Attack

Tim Hethrington -- ABC/Rick Rowell(MISTRATA, Libya) -- Two photojournalists were killed and two others wounded during a mortar attack in Misrata, Libya Wednesday.

Among the dead were award-winning war photographer Tim Hetherington and Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros.

Hetherington, one of the best-known photojournalists, produced powerful pieces for ABC News' Nightline from the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, and for the documentary Restrepo, which won an award at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Hetherington was embedded with the Army unit in Afghanistan when Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta put his life on the line to save his comrades.  Giunta later became the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since Vietnam.

Hondros "was a renowned and highly awarded photojournalist who covered most of the world’s major conflicts since the late 1990s, including wars in Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the West Bank, Iraq and Liberia," Getty Images Co-Founder and CEO Jonathan Klein said in a statement.

Hondros' work has appeared on several magazine covers, and in 2006, he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the highest honor for war photography, for his work in Iraq.


Two other photographers were injured in the attack.  Guy Martin of Panos News Agency was gravely wounded, while photographer Michael Brown was less severely wounded.

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