MONROVIA, LIBERIA, 2003. Joseph Duo, a Liberian militia commander loyal to the government, exults after firing a rocket-propelled grenade at rebel forces at a key strategic bridge on July 20. Government forces succeeded in forcing back rebel fighters in fierce fighting on the edge of Monrovia’s city center. (Photo: Chris Hondros / Getty Images)

Chris Hondros

“One of the things I believe in, is a sense of human nature, a sense of shared humanity above the cultural layers we place on ourselves [which don’t] mean that much compared to the human experience.”


Chris Hondros (March 14, 1970 — April 20, 2011) was an American Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist for Getty Images killed on assignment in Libya. He 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. Hondros was also a frequent lecturer and published essayist on issues of war, and he regularly wrote for the Virginia Quarterly Review, Editor & Publisher, the Digital Journalist, and other news publications. As a staff photographer for Getty Images since 2000, he was a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography. During his career, he received dozens of awards, among them honors from World Press Photo, the Pictures of the Year International competition, Visa pour L’Image, and the Overseas Press Club, including the John Faber Award for his work in Liberia and the Robert Capa Gold Medal, war photography’s highest honor, for his work covering the conflict in Iraq.