David Alan Harvey on why only the good die youngWritten by duckrabbit
When I looked at the last photos of Chris Hondros published yesterday on Lens I was genuinely shocked.
They were great photos but I couldn’t help wondering what motivation leads an individual to take such huge risks?
Then I thought of my friends who are photographers. Some of them great, but all of them, to a person, are better, are worth more, are loved more, wanted more and needed more then all of their pictures put together.
Tonight I would like to applaud David Alan Harvey for getting to the soul of what must be troubling so many people today but that no-one has yet so honestly said (please read the full post on BURN)
However, it is very difficult for me to defend right this minute the business of war photography. Tim is not the first friend I have lost like this. Richard Cross was the first, John Hoagland the second , and few now can even remember their names at all nor the war they died in or what it was about. Sure seemed important at the time. Nicaragua, Contras. Anybody know about it? Even I who was there have to really stop and remember all the details and the politics and the lies and the propaganda and the pure bullshit and a craving press that led up to those guys feeling like it was their mission and their sense of making a difference to be there with their cameras. Met Nachtwey there and he survived that and many other conflicts and I have heard his speech of justification many times. I listen.
Same with Tim. Tim Heatherington stopped by to talk to my students in the last loft class, he always came to talk to my students. He had a sense of mission as well. So yes, yes I know the peoples right to know and the documentation for the sake of the oppressed etc etc. I know the speech well. Yet, I also know the realities. I will bounce back from this anti war photography mood most likely, but this is how I feel right now. I know that conflicts must be covered, but the repetition of the realities year after year after year just gets me in the gut.
It is just so so sad, tragic, sickening that one of the few who really was trying to make a difference and one of the truly most honorable and creative men I have ever met is gone.
Tim Heatherington, I love you bro. You did what you set out to do. Nobody can ever ask for more.