Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer

Here I Am The Story of Tim Hetherington War Photographer Tim Hetherington was one of the world s most distinguished and dedicated photojournalists whose career was tragically cut short when he died in a mortar blast while covering the Libyan Civi

  • Title: Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer
  • Author: Alan Huffman
  • ISBN: 9780802120908
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tim Hetherington 1970 2011 was one of the world s most distinguished and dedicated photojournalists, whose career was tragically cut short when he died in a mortar blast while covering the Libyan Civil War Tim won many awards for his war reporting, and was nominated for an Academy Award for the critically acclaimed documentary, Restrepo Hetherington s dedication to hTim Hetherington 1970 2011 was one of the world s most distinguished and dedicated photojournalists, whose career was tragically cut short when he died in a mortar blast while covering the Libyan Civil War Tim won many awards for his war reporting, and was nominated for an Academy Award for the critically acclaimed documentary, Restrepo Hetherington s dedication to his career led him time after time into war zones, and unlike some other journalists, he did not pack up after the story had broken In Here I Am, journalist and freelance writer Alan Huffman tells Hetherington s life story, and through it analyzes what it means to be a war reporter in the twenty first century Huffman recounts Hetherington s life from his first interests in photography, through his critical role in reporting the Liberian Civil War, to his tragic death in Libya Huffman also traces Hetherington s photographic milestones, from his iconic and prize winning photographs of Liberian children, to the celebrated portraits of sleeping U.S soldiers in Afghanistan Here I Am explores the risks, challenges, and thrills of war reporting, and is a testament to the unique work of people like Hetherington, who risk their lives to give a voice to people ravaged by war.

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    1. Need to pick this book again sometime and this time I want to finish reading it.------****This book is going to be in-progress for sometime as I slowly progress through it, so this review is also in-progress ****I got an advance copy of this book for review from Netgalley. I have always wondered what it was like to be a war photographer and this is what made me read this book. A war photographer is someone who makes his living photographing wars.- a photo taken by TimOne question that I am sure [...]

    2. Expertly researched and writtenMostly, Alan Huffman stays on task of illustrating the man and his environment, but occasionally goes further afield. I am a frequent reader of books on the topic of conflict documentation and believe this to be one of the best out there.

    3. I really wanted to like it, out of respect for Tim and his work, but the writing is disorganized and difficult to follow at times. A great story that has so many complex issues to explore, it would have been a much better book in the hands of a better writer.

    4. Tim' story is a spectacular one and Alan Huffman makes a great effort to depict it as detailed as possible. The book is rich in detail and serves as a log of Tim Hetherington's life rather than a biography. One can understand from the whole book and the author's note that Alan Huffman tried to include everything that happened in the most important moments of Tim's life as well as every person there, but in the process he got lost. In my opinion he should have given more attention to the relation [...]

    5. A factual account of life behind the camera lens in war ravaged countries. Drawn like moths to a flame of alternating adrenaline, misery, danger and death, war photographers around the globe seek to expose the true tragedy of conflict to the world. A remarkable book about a remarkable man.

    6. I really wanted to learn more about Tim Hetherington after reading other stories about his work in Afghanistan. This book is informative but seems to veer off the main subject (Tim and his story).

    7. Awesome, eye awakening book. Any "average" American should read. It's shit we don't hear about. New respect for war photographers.

    8. Man, I wish this didn't suck. I was a very avid fan of Tim Hetherington; even before he achieved slightly more mainstream fame through his partnership with Sebastien Junger, he was a frequent contributor to the NYT's Lens Blog. Given his general focus on conflict and the fallout from conflict, his work was frequently touched on for perspectives on the Iraq and Afghanistan fronts.Tim was a master, not only in that he had that exceptional eye that elevates a person taking a photo to an artist, but [...]

    9. Tim Hetherington was a free lance war correspondent living his dream in the chaotic war torn areas of Africa and the Middle East, mainly. The book explains the complex relationship between soldier and reporter as well as the many "rules" for reporters that exist during war. The unusual thing about Hetherington is that he did not observe many, if any, of these unwritten rules. For instance, Hetherington had, on more than one occasion, saved the life of a soldier. He would interact with rebels in [...]

    10. As I have read several war journalist/photographer books this was just the next one. Though the book isn't long some sections are definitely too long. In that they tend to be all over the board. I know the point for Huffman was to cover Tim's life and work, but to many parts dragged on. What I did like is the references to the different documentaries and projects that Tim was involved with. Some of those I will definitely have a look at such as the movie Restrepo that was codirected with Sebasti [...]

    11. Huffman has to use a rather limited scope for a biography - this is not a definitive or comprehensive life story, and relies heavily on just a few sources - but operating within those confines, it's a very gripping story. I suppose it's truth in advertising, as the book is concerned with Hetherington the war photographer and not so much Hetherington the schoolboy or boyfriend or night owl or awful dancer, etc. As a result, though, the reader comes away feeling much more intimately acquainted wit [...]

    12. I'm not sure if I would call Tim Hetherington inspiring, in that I will never understand what motivates people to take such personal risks, but people like Tim make it their life's purpose that the world know and account for the suffering of others. The person he was adds to the tragedy we feel at his death: a selfless, charismatic, and dashing man. This book, Tim's work, along with Sebastian Junger's 'War' and their documentary 'Restrepo', fascinate, horrify, and attempt to explain the human co [...]

    13. I had watched the acclaimed documentary, Restrepo, and was excited to learn a book about Tim Hetherington was going to be published. The book provides a portrait of a man and his profession. The first edition has less than 300 pages, and the author, Huffman, provides some details on war photography and combat reporting. Huffman begins the story with Hetherington's death in Misrata, Libya, and then provides Hetherington's history and his previous works.Huffman made efforts to document events in L [...]

    14. An interesting look at the photo journalist - the line between reporting and being a humanitarian, amongst other things. This story dives a little deeper into what's going on out in the front, for the people fighting these battles (wars) in Libya, Afghanistan, etc and those reporting on what's happening whether for a network or publication, or to the world on their own via film, book, photos, video, etc. b/c the world should be caring more! Understanding what all sides go through - soldier, gove [...]

    15. A great book about an adventurous man in a daring profession. From Liberia and Afghanistan, to his final days in Libya, photographer Tim Hetherington captured images that attempted to encapsulate unique perspectives on historical moments. The world definitely lost an artistic and journalistic talent, and the author honors his life as well as countless others who have died in war. In the end, Alan Huffman accurately speculates that our voyeuristic appetite has the potential to lead to even more t [...]

    16. This book is a snapshot, a brief video clip of Tim Hetherington's all too brief life as the author takes us into Hetherington's journeys in Liberia, Afghanistan and ultimately Liberia where he died in a mortar attack. This was a man who found his voice, his heart in covering the deeper of effects of war, not just battles. The book was a little disjointed and could have benefited from better editing. There were a number of instances where phrases practically repeated themselves a paragraph apart. [...]

    17. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.I was familiar with Tim Heatherington from having seen Restrepo and Huffman provided a lot of depth and breath that allowed me to form a much more nuanced portrait of this unique individual. I thought it navigated the paths better love letter and expose nicely. To my reading, he wasn't a hero with a tragic flaw so much as a terrifically talented human being who got caught in a numbers game that he could have avoided but felt compelled to immerse [...]

    18. This is an important, well-researched book. I found myself wanting more information about Hetherington's background and personal views outside of his work. However, I learned other things I had not anticipated, some of which have kept me thinking about potential research ideas. The writing was sometimes difficult to follow. I wish there had been reference pages with maps of important locations and people's names to help me visualize certain passages. A complete list of Hetherington's works would [...]

    19. The book does focus on his career as a War Photographer but I think that the story within his job shows exactly who he is as a person and what his true character as a human being is. The stories that his work told about the people that lived in these war zones that had to pick up pipes and fight for their families, neighbors, and communities against well armed militia was just amazing! This book has me looking into the documentaries that he has made and his other works.

    20. Having read "War" and seen "Restrepo", this book was the obvious next choice. The best thing about this book was that I had to read it with my computer next to me, so I could look up the places, photographs, and people. To me, that is a testament to the book and the life/work of Hetherington. His pictures are understatedly amazing, as were the things he did to capture them. What these people contend with in the changing world or war and technology is completely taken for granted.

    21. This book was very intense and extremely thought provoking. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I finished it, because there's a part of a war journalist's brain that is not comparable--their need to find the story at any means. The author does an amazing job of trying to answer that question, but it seems like an unnecessary loss of an incredible journalist and person. A really affecting book.

    22. As a very raw examination of the life of a war photographer, this book has a lot to offer, but in terms of telling Hetherington's specific story (he was killed in a mortar attack in Libya in 2011), I don't think Huffman really succeeded. The parts where Huffman tries to stir in deeper meaning and themes often feel awkwardly pasted on to the more vivid retellings of specific events.

    23. In my dream world, I am a war photographer just like the brave Mr. Hetherington. Just like Dan Eldon, Tim Hetherington was not only a photographer but a humanitarian. I wish I had had the chance to shake both of their hands. Since that's not a possibility, I try to continue their work in every way that I can.

    24. The writing is a bit stiff, as might be expected from a work that is essentially a compilation of recollections & accounts from a great many people; but the quality of the story more than compensates for any literary deficiency. All-in-all this book adds significant insight for someone seeking to understand Hetherington's work.

    25. Great read! I recommend it to anyone who wants to get a perspective on what is really happening on front lines. I loved Tim Hetherington's work prior to reading this, and it only made me love him more and cherish the perspective and outlook he brought to reporting in war stricken areas. His work on Restrepo was unparalleled to any thing I've ever seen, I highly recommend it along with this book!

    26. A powerful portrait of a remarkable 'nova' of a man. It's a gripping read and a moving look at this charismatic and apparently, very good character. Through the lens of Hetherington's life as depicted by Huffman, there are some memorable insights about war and the compulsion of men (mostly) to head for the front line.

    27. Great book documenting a great man's life. I only heard about Tim Heathington in the past year but have started studying is work and it is just amazing what he has done in is relatively short time on this planet.

    28. Absolutely loved the adventure this guy lived. You can tell people really cared for this man everywhere he went and he left a giant impact on the lives of the people he met. He was a great man and this is a great book.

    29. At times this book is hard to read. You know Hetherington will die, there is no happy ending. Still it is worth reading, to honor his work, to honor his values and to provoke some complex thinking about the morality and benefit of war photography.

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