April 22nd, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Hetherington: Talented photographer, true gentleman

(CNN) - The first words that were used to describe Tim by almost anybody who knew him were "humble" and "modest."

Yet, Tim was a guy who had great talents. He took highly artistic photos and had released a photography book "Infidel," which consists of his portraits of American soldiers fighting in the Afghan War.

He was also someone who would go out in the field and take the grittiest pictures of combat.

For one of those photographs he won the World Press Photo award in 2007. The photo showed an exhausted, battle-weary GI resting in a bunker in northern Afghanistan, an apt metaphor for what was then fast-becoming the longest war in American history.

Tim had also gone to Oxford to study literature, something he never mentioned in the long days we spent talking when we were embedded with a group of Marines in southern Afghanistan in September 2009 while working together on stories for CNN.

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  1. Brita Gorman

    R I P Tim ....I was extremely moved watching RESTREPO I thought it was something very important for our Country to see. Your amazing work and talent will truly be missed. It’s so important for the people to be informed and you made that possible by risking your life – which sadly cut short. My condolence to your friends and family

    April 22, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Tim seems to have been from what everyone has said a wonderful person to be around. While his death is so very sad, anyone whose life he touched is much richer for it. His photos and films will continue to speak for him; his friends memories and love will keep his memory alive as well. My condolences to everyone who mourns his death; it is so very hard to lose a friend.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  3. June Hashim

    The first words that came to my mind is "Big man", huge lost.

    My condolence goes out to his family, friends, colleagues, admirers of his work.

    RIP Tim Hetherington.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm |