Talent Guide

Tim Hetherington

  • Discipline:Producer
  • Program Year:Fast Track 2010


Tim Hetherington was a photographer and filmmaker. He studied literature at Oxford University and worked in publishing before returning to college to study photojournalism. He co-directed, produced and shot the acclaimed feature documentary Restrepo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and will open on general release at theatres in 2010. He has directed and produced short films for UK TV and worked as a cameraman on documentary feature films such as Liberia: An Uncivil War and The Devil Rides on Horseback.

Hetherington’s interest lay in creating diverse forms of visual communication from long-term projects and his work has ranged from digital projections at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, to fly-poster exhibitions in Lagos, to handheld device downloads. Published internationally, he has made a number of books including Healing Sport – published as part of the book Tales of a Globalizing World (Thames and Hudson 2004), Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold (Umbrage Editions 2009), and a forthcoming book about Afghanistan, Infidel (Chris Boot Ltd 2010). He was the recipient of numerous awards including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (2000 – 4), the World Press Photo of the Year 2007, and an Alfred I. duPont award from Colombia University.

He lived in New York and was a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair magazine. He was killed in Misrata, Libya in April 2011.