Greek-American Pulitzer prize-nominated photojournalist, Chris Hondros, 41, was killed in Misrata, Libya. According to the New York Times “Hondros suffered an extensive loss of brain tissue and was revived twice before being triaged from care.”
“He spent several hours in a coma and died after 10 p.m.”
The Greek-American photojournalist and others were hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Three more members of the press were also injured or killed including Tim Hetherington, an esteemed photojournalist and an Oscar nominee, who was pronounced dead earlier this morning.
Life in Misrata is “hell”. The Christian Science Monitor calls the situation a “slaughter,” reporting that “devastating types of bombs are used indiscriminately on homes.”
Hondros was conducting work in Libya for the Getty photo agency.
The Greek-American photojournalist was born in New York City to immigrant Greek and German parents, both survivors of World War II, he moved to North Carolina as a child. After studying English literature at North Carolina State and taking his Master’s degree at Ohio’s School of Visual Communications, Hondros returned to New York to concentrate on international reporting.
Hondros has 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. His work has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Newsweek and The Economist, and on the front pages of most major American newspapers, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
Hondros has received dozens of awards, including multiple honors from World Press Photo in Amsterdam, the International Pictures of the Year Competition, the Visa Pour L’Image in France, and the John Faber award from the Overseas Press Club. In 2004 Hondros was a Nominated Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for his work in Liberia, and in 2006 he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal, war photography’s highest honor, for his work in Iraq. He’s also been named a 2007 “Hero of Photography” by American Photo magazine, and was a 2008 National Magazine Award finalist.
In addition to his photography, Hondros is a frequent lecturer and essayist on issues of war, and regularly writes for the Virginia Quarterly Review, Editor and Publisher, The Digital Journalist, and other publications. Hondros and his work are frequently chronicled in the general press, including profiles by Smithsonian magazine, CNN, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and Newsweek. He lives in New York, where he is a senior staff photographer for Getty Images, the international photo agency.
(Source of Hondros’ bio www.chrishondros.com/bio.htm )