British-American photojournalist Tim Hetherington was known for capturing the interior world of soldiers and mixing it with the exterior violence of their everyday lives. Between 2007 and 2008, he was embedded with U.S. Army soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Outpost Restrepo, a remote post in northeastern Afghanistan and the namesake of a documentary film that heco-directed with Sebastian Junger. Restrepo played at Mountainfilm in Telluride 2010, won the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011.
Hetherington was killed in Misrata, Libya, in April of 2011 when a motor hit near where he was working. He planned to attend Mountainfilm the following month with a short documentary he made called Diary, which he described as “highly personal and experimental.”
Some of his photographs from his time spent with American soldiers are now on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., along with a video installation Hetherington created, called Sleeping Soldiers, which shows images of soldiers sleeping juxtaposed with violent combat scenes.