Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington died April 20 in a rocket or mortar attack in Libya that also killed photographer Chris Hondros. Hetherington’s collaborator Sebastian Junger, author of War, remembers his friend in an essay in Vanity Fair:
I know what you were thinking: What a silly way to die. What a silly, selfish, ridiculous mistake to have made.
Don’t think that, brother. You had a very specific vision for your work and for your life, and that vision included your death. It didn’t have to, but that’s how it turned out. I’m so sorry, Tim. The conversation we could have had about this crazy stunt of yours! Christ, I would have yelled at you, but you know that. Getting mad was how we kept each other safe, how we kept the other from doing something stupid.
Your vision, though. Let’s talk about that. It’s what you wanted to communicate to the world about this story — about every story. Maybe Misrata wasn’t worth dying for — surely that thought must have crossed your mind in those last moments — but what about all the Misratas of the world? What about Liberia and Darfur and Sri Lanka and all those terrible, ugly stories that you brought such humanity to? That you helped bring the world’s attention to?