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May 07, 2013

A Tim Hetherington Photography Exhibit

By Francesca Giacco | Art

Tim Hetherington photo
Tim Hetherington, Untitled, 1999-2003. Gelatin Silver Print © Tim Hetherington, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

A war correspondent, photographer, filmmaker and humanitarian, Tim Hetherington was a singular and beloved figure in journalism. April 20th marked the second anniversary of his untimely death in Libya, where he was covering the tumult of the Arab Spring. In commemoration of Hetherington’s life and career, the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York has staged an exhibit of his work, “Inner Light: Portraits of the Blind, Sierra Leone 1999–2003.”

The black-and-white photographs, hauntingly poignant, depict students at the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Hetherington spent five years developing the portraits, which are inspired by the many visits he made to the school. As with all of Hetherington’s work—from his photography for Vanity Fair to his Oscar-winning documentary Restrepo—this series offers a humanistic perspective on conflict, suffering and the effects of war on the individual.

The exhibit coincides with the premiere of the HBO documentary Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, as well as an installation of Hetherington’s “Sleeping Soldiers” series, on display through May 13 at the Pavilion at the International Center of Photography (1133 Avenue of the Americas; icp.org). Through May 18; Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 Tenth Ave.; 212-414-0370; yossimilo.com.