As a photojournalist working in the world’s most dangerous places, Chris Hondros had the opportunity and distinct ability to connect his viewers to the people embroiled in far-flung and sometimes obscure conflicts. He recognized the shared humanity among those affected by war—regardless of culture or beliefs—and he was determined to share their challenges to the wider world. He hoped to provoke thought, raise awareness, and foster understanding.
On April 20, 2011, Chris Hondros was killed while on assignment in Misurata, Libya. The Chris Hondros Fund was established to honor the two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and Getty Images photojournalist—to celebrate his legacy by highlighting the ways in which photojournalism brings to light shared human experiences. The fund supports photojournalists and education programs, and it raises awareness of stories that might otherwise go unreported.
Reflecting on 10 years since Hondros’s death, we asked the fund’s founders and awardees to select one of his photographs and share their thoughts about his prolific work—which continues to bring shared human experiences to light.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and Getty Images photojournalist Chris Hondros covered most of the world’s major conflicts and disasters since the late 1990s, including work in Kosovo, Afghanistan, the West Bank, Iraq, Haiti, Liberia, Egypt, and Libya. Hondros was not just a front-line war photographer—he was a committed observer and witness. His work humanizes complex world events and brings to light shared human experiences. Evident in his writings, interspersed throughout, Hondros was determined to broaden our understanding of war and its consequences.
The Chris Hondros Fund was established to honor two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and Getty Images photojournalist Chris Hondros, killed on April 20, 2011 while on assignment in Misurata, Libya. The fund’s purpose is to honor Hondros’s legacy by highlighting the ways in which photojournalism brings to light shared human experiences which might otherwise go unreported or unnoticed. As part of the fund’s Education and Awareness program, we support photography and visual education for youth—particularly in underserved communities in New York City. We support individual photographers, students of photography, and nonprofits.
A Compassionate Lens: Chris Hondros Fund, Ten Years On
Featuring: Chris Hondros
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Testament: Chris Hondros
Directors of the Chris Hondros Fund and co-editors of Testament, a collection of Hondros’s writing and photography which was published this year will discuss Hondros’s life and work.Learn More