Today, I was profoundly saddened to learn I've lost a dear friend and former colleague at Getty Images. Chris Hondros, a soft spoken and articulate professional, passed away doing what he loved most, documenting conflict and strife. A passionate photojournalist, Chris not only cared about the subjects he covered, he cared about those he covered as well, many of whom he stayed in touch with over the years.
Yesterday afternoon, Chris and photojournalist Tim Hetherington, were killed by injuries sustained from a rocket propelled grenade in Misurata, Libya, while covering the plight of the rebel forces there.
I was both honoured and grateful to have had the opportunity to add Chris to our staff when I was with Getty Images, in May of 2002. Over the years, Chris had a number of close calls. He made countless trips to Iraq, starting with the U.S. invasion in 2003. His travels took him to Monrovia, Nigeria, Georgia to Afghanistan and beyond. This is where Chris excelled and where he was in his element. His work has won many awards, to include The Robert Capa Award from the Overseas Press Club, a First in World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, NPPA's Best in Photojournalism and he was runner up for a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography and many other prestigious industry recognition's.
Chris will be dearly missed by all who knew him, as well as all that knew his work, which graced the pages of every major newspaper and news magazine the world over. I will miss Chris as a friend, the gentleman and profound photojournalist that he was. Please take a look at a mere sampling of his work in a gallery we've created in his memory.