cover image Here I Am: 
The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer

Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer

Alan Huffman. Grove, $25 (256p) ISBN 978-0-8021-2090-8

To begin this compelling account of Tim Hetherington’s harrowing life as a photojournalist, journalist Huffman (Sultana) sketches the scene of his death, which came while covering the 2011 Libyan uprising. Bleeding from a mortar wound to his leg, “propped against ammunition boxes” in a makeshift ambulance, Hetherington (1970–2011) died under the scrutiny of cameras close enough “to pick up the stubble on his chin.” As a war photographer, Hetherington captured the subtle as well as the frantic—commonly switching from digital to film for a more intimate effect—on warfronts from Liberia to Sri Lanka. Huffman details Hetherington’s early career, friendships and experiences with rebels in Africa, and influences and aesthetic struggles. These set the stage for his years in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley working on the documentary Restrepo with Sebastian Junger, which earned an Academy Award nomination. Huffman glowingly propounds that “[Hetherington’s] footage and photos in the Korengal would be... among the best produced by any photographer in any war.” It’s this larger-than-life persona that enters Libya in the book’s second half. Following the frenetic group of photographers Hetherington took up with in Misrata, Huffman offers perspectives from firsthand sources to unveil the heroism and errors of his final days. Agent: Patricia Moosbrugger Literary Agency. (Mar.)