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Chris Hondros (1970-2011)

April 21, 2011

Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesThough I never had a chance to meet him, I knew quite well Chris Hondros might be the most famous alum to ever come from the halls of Technician, NC State's student newspaper.

A world-renowned and Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer with Getty Images, Hondros was killed yesterday doing what he felt called to do—documenting the human side of conflicts closer to the front lines than any other photographer might dare. His death has hit me in a strong way, more than I can even fathom given I never met him and only knew of him through his work.

I began writing a eulogy about him, and how his work inspired all of us wanna-be Technician photojournalists following in his footsteps at the paper. But so many more folks better qualified than I have already done tremendous work honoring him, so a better tribute from me would probably be offering up some more examples of his work. These are images you probably haven't seen in the eulogies from all the major news outlets, but by going deeper in his catalog beyond the two iconic images he won so many awards for, you can see he wasn't just a two-hit wonder. He brought back the goods nearly every time he hit the field.

If you are squeemish about war photography, the more powerful stuff I chose will come after the jump. There aren't any overly gory images, however; my guess is Chris never published many of those because "shock value" was never the intended goal of his work.


(Naturally, all images courtesy Chris Hondros, Getty Images)

Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Nine days after Katrina:

Next two images: From Chris's photostory for the Sacramento Bee on the popularity of late-model cars in Iraq imported from the U.S.:

The next two images after the jump are raw, somewhat graphic and may not be suitable for some folks.










4 Comments leave one →
  1. PeeDub permalink
    April 21, 2011 8:00 pm

    Sorry to be ignorant on this, but what *are* “the two iconic images he won so many awards for”?

  2. PeeDub permalink
    April 21, 2011 8:25 pm

    I *think* I’ve figured it out. One is obviously the girl in Tal Afar whose parents were shot when they wouldn’t stop their car. And the other one is the Liberian rebel caught in mid-leap?

    • Collards12 permalink
      April 21, 2011 8:30 pm

      You are right, peedub.

    • Anonymous permalink*
      April 22, 2011 2:06 am

      Yeah, sorry about that. In my haste, I managed to not link to the two images he’s most known for. But you were correct, it was his Liberia image and the shot of the orphaned girl.

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