Tim Hetherington was a photographer, artist and filmmaker who was murdered as the result of a mortar attack in Libya while covering the civil war there in 2011, the year his co-directed film Restrepo was nominated for an Academy Award. He was 40. This exhibition at WTF has been organised by his friend Chris Wise, the Bangkok-based photographer who also co-runs WTF, and comprises installations of photographs from Hetherington's book Infidel and screenings. Infidel covers the year he spent with a US battalion in northeast Afghanistan, described as "the deadliest place on Earth", as they fought against the Taliban, the same subject as Restrepo.
Hetherington's remarkable career included winning the 2007 World Press Competition, out of 81,000 entries. An essay written by two of the judges about their experience, the well-known artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, attests to some of the complexities or confusions that accompany inquiries into the role of documentary photography for the contemporary world.
Broomberg and Chanarin wrote of society's "insatiable hunger for images of suffering" as they ploughed their way through a conveyer-belt of photographs of charred human remains, animal fights, dereliction and junkies.
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