a group of concerned people inside a worn down war damaged structure

A Persisting Witness

19 Aug 2019 OUTDOORS
a group of concerned people inside a worn down war damaged structure

Featuring: Andrea Bruce, Bryan Denton, Kiana Hayeri, Chris Hondros, Meridith Kohut, and Tamara Merino

Presented by

The Chris Hondros Fund


Curated by

Todd Heisler and Christina Piaia

Part of a photojournalist’s work is to visually report the struggles and successes of a complicated world. They see the range of human emotion, from joy and jubilation, to conflict and devastation, and bearing witness to such powerful intimacy is an incredible responsibility.

In their reporting, photojournalists confront stories, communities, and issues that have the ability to make them question the world around them. A Persisting Witness reflects on the times these photojournalists faced challenges or risks on assignment, leading them to a profound change in how they understand the issues they cover.

The Chris Hondros Fund (CHF) has awarded these photojournalists for their work documenting stories that bring shared, human experiences into the public eye with a compassionate lens. As attacks on the press intensify at an alarming rate, CHF believes more than ever in supporting photojournalists who remain diligent and continue to report on issues critical to our world, inform the public, and defend press freedom.

A Persisting Witness hopes to show the vital role photojournalists play, often at great personal risk, in securing our access to stories that might go otherwise unnoticed, or unreported.


Andrea Bruce is an award-winning documentary photographer whose work focuses on people living in the aftermath of war. She concentrates on the social issues that are sometimes ignored, and often ignited in war’s wake. (Inaugural Chris Hondros Fund Awardee, 2012)

Bryan Denton is an award-winning independent photojournalist based between New Dehli, India, and Beirut, Lebanon. He is a contributing photographer with The New York Times, where his work has focused on conflict, humanitarian issues, and political transition in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. (Chris Hondros Fund Awardee, 2016)

Kiana Hayeri is an Iranian documentary photographer who focuses on migration, adolescence, and sexuality in societies dealing with oppression or conflict. (Chris Hondros Fund Awardee, 2016)

Chris Hondros (March 14, 1970—April 20, 2011) was an American Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist, and staff photographer for Getty Images, who covered most of the world’s major conflicts and disasters since the late 1990s, including work in Kosovo, Afghanistan, the West Bank, Iraq, Liberia, Egypt, and Libya. Chris was killed while on assignment on April 20, 2011 in Misrata, Libya.

Meridith Kohut is an American photojournalist based in Caracas, Venezuela, where she has worked covering Latin America for the foreign press since 2007. For the past three years, she has spent nearly every day documenting the economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. (Chris Hondros Fund Awardee, 2017)

Tamara Merino is an independent documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Chile, focusing on socio-cultural issues, gender, race and migration. (Hondros Fund Fellow, 2018)


The Chris Hondros Fund was established to honor Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist Chris Hondros, who covered most of the world’s conflicts since the late 1990s, including those in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. He was killed on April 20, 2011 while on assignment in Misurata, Libya.

The Fund seeks to continue and preserve Hondros’ distinct ability to bring a visual history of shared human experiences into the public eye. To this end, the Fund supports and advances the work of photojournalists and emerging photographers, through educational programming and grant-making.

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