Sunday, February 10, 2008
Chris Hondros, 2-time Pulitizer Prize finalist in the past 4 years, a great friend,graduate school roommate and world-class storyteller. The first photo was taken this week during a stop off in Pittsburgh before heading to Kosovo. The second was taken after a return from a week covering the war in Afghanistan. Chris has taken money from his own pocket to send former Liberian child soldiers to high school, eaten lizards in the jungles of Sierra Leone when he ran low on Snickers bars, and loved some of the finest ladies to grace our planet.
a quote from wikipedia:
Hondros's images from Iraq, especially a January 2005 picture series detailing the shooting of an Iraqi family by U.S. troops, have been published extensively and garnered worldwide acclaim and criticism.
On January 18, 2005, an Iraqi family was travelling in a car which failed to stop at a US checkpoint in Tal Afar. US troops opened fire, killing both parents, Camille and Hussein Hassan, and injuring one of their five children sitting in the back seat. Racan, 11, was seriously wounded in the abdomen and lost the use of his legs. As a result of the worldwide interest in his case generated by Hondros's pictures, Racan was flown to the United States for treatment in a Boston hospital. Hondros won dozens of international awards for the images.
In an interview, Hondros stated:
“ Almost every soldier in Iraq has been involved in some sort of incident like that or another, I would say. Their attitude about it was grim, but it wasn’t the end of their world. It was, “Well, kind of wished they’d stopped. We fired warning shots. Damn, I don’t know why the hell they didn’t stop. What’re you doing later, you want to play Nintendo? Okay.” Just a day’s work for them. That stuff happens in Iraq a lot. That’s why it’s such a damn mess, because almost everybody’s had something like that happen to them at the hands of U.S. soldiers.  ”
The Editor and Publisher reported that Hondros' photographs of the children were widely distributed to United States papers -- but few newspapers published more than one photo. By contrast, Hondros states, the same photographs "seemingly dominated the discourse in Europe, where they were run in full over multiple pages by many important papers there." "These pictures are going unseen because editors don't print them. And they don't print them because readers don't want to see them."