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I’m still shocked by the news of Camille Lepage’s death in Central African Republic last week. We finally met in person a few weeks ago at the New York Times Lens Portfolio Review. It’s been tough to see her picture all over social media, but it’s good to see her infectious smile and her work reach so many.
There has been little new information regarding her death, though this Le Monde article has more detail than most publications, and Google Translate does a passable job on it. A number of publications and individuals have published thoughtful remembrances of Camille and her work in the past few days (and I’m sure many more in French, as well), and I thought it’d be good to collect the links here.
- Honoring the life and death of Camille Lepage, by Christena Dowsett
- Camille Lepage, 1988 – 2014 (and in French), by Wilfrid Estève
- Camille Lepage: A brilliant career cut short, by Fred Dufour
- Bearing Witness, Losing Her Life, by Nicholas Kulish
- Photographer Camille Lepage Killed in Central African Republic, by Andrew Katz
- First Person: Photojournalist Killings Make My Work Dangerous by Lynsey Addario
- A facebook post by Ahmed Hayman
- *Happy* Witness: Slain Photographer Camille Lepage Remembered, by Christian Putsch
- Photojournalist Camille Lepage Killed in Central African Republic, by Matt Lutton
- There have been 400+ comments, mostly in remembrance, on Lepage’s last instagram post.
- And a wikipedia page for Lepage appeard on May 14, 2014.
The UN, Committee to Protect Journalists, and the International Federation of Journalists and the European Federation of Journalists, have all condemned the killing and joined calls for an investigation into Lepage’s killing. Reports seem to indicate that the people she was travelling with were ambushed and all were killed. Immediately after news of her death became known, French president François Hollande called the killing a murder or assassination, and called for an investigation into the circumstances of her killing. Camille Lepage is not the only journalist to have been killed this year. As of this writing, Reporters Without Borders lists 18 journalists killed in 2014, and the Committee to Protect Journalists reports 15. Those killed have been both foreign and local journalists.
This week has seen renewed violence in Egypt, and a number of journalists covering the news have been injured or killed. On Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported that Mick Deane, on assignment for Sky News, and Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, an Egyptian working for Dubai newspaper XPRESS though not on assignment at the time of death, were both shot and killed. Others, including Reuters photographer Asmaa Waguih and Al-Masry Al-Youm photographer Ahmed al-Najjar, were injured while covering the violence. And yesterday, at least two more journalists were killed, and several more injured. Ahmed Abdel Gawad, reporter for the state-run Al-Akhbar newspaper, and Mosaab al-Shami, a photographer for the local Rassd News Network, were both killed while covering raids on the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque. Several more journalists were injured. Egyptian human rights group Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression documented 31 human rights violations against local journalists on Wednesday. While these are only a few of the hundreds killed in recent days in Egypt, Wednesday was the deadliest day for journalists in Egypt since CPJ began recording journalists’ deaths in the country in 1992. Since 1992, there have been nine journalists killed in Egypt as a result of their reporting (CPJ’s Egypt page says 7 as of my writing, but their reporting updates the total to 9), eight of which have happened since the revolution in 2011, three of which happened this week.
UPDATE: Here’s one photographer’s account of being attacked by the Muslim Brotherhood. Aymann Ismail, of Animal New York, was attacked after photographer people spray painting graffiti on a church door. A crowd stole his camera, but after enlisting the help of his mother by phone, and then his cousin who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, he managed to get the camera and memory cards back.
“It all happened in a split second. We thought we were in the crossfire. But, eventually, we realized they were shooting at us. You could see and hear the bullets hitting the ground near us.” -James Foley, speaking to Global Post
Very sad news over the weekend as the world learned that photojournalist Anton Hammerl was killed in Libya in early April. Hammerl went missing in Libya in early April 2011 (previously on dvafoto), along with three other journalists, but there was no information about his whereabouts or condition. Late last week, word reached Hammerl’s family that the photographer was shot in early April and later died of his wounds. In the message posted to the Free photographer Anton Hammerl group on Facebook, the Hammerl family reports, “On 5 April 2011 Anton was shot by Gaddafi’s forces in an extremely remote location in the Libyan desert. According to eyewitnesses, his injuries were such that he could not have survived without medical attention.” On Hammerl’s photoshelter page, there’s a set of some of the photographer’s last-uploaded images from the war in Libya.
Accounts of Hammerl’s last moments, as well as remembrances and memorials have been appearing online. Below is a list of a few such accounts:
- British High Commissioner releases a statement on the death of South African photographer, Anton Hammerl
- Remembering Anton Hammerl
- Missing Photographer in Libya Is Presumed Dead
- And here’s to you, Anton!…by Edgar Martins
- An astute, thoughtful lensman: South African photographer killed in the Libyan desert had an artist’s eye
- The calling ~ IM Anton Hammerl ~
- Rights groups call for release of photographer’s body, investigation
- A Day Under Fire with Anton
- Libya: Release Body of South African Photojournalist
- Anton Hammerl Dead: Photojournalist Killed In Libya
- Hamba Kahle Anton
- Remembering Anton Hammerl and His Work in Libya
- Safrea calls for formal investigation into Hammerl case
- Photographer tells of desert ordeal
- Reporters’ release tempered by news of colleague’s death
- Anton Hammerl is dead – family
- Anton Hammerl Is Still Missing in Libya
I’d never met Hetherington or Hondros, but knew their work well. What’s clear from their work and what’s being written about them after today’s tragic news, though, is that they were among the best in the business. Here are some reflections that have been posted recently about the two (titles have mostly been copied and pasted):
- 2 Great photographers lost today in Libya – doing what they loved to do.
- The Toll Of Covering Conflict
- The News We Dont Want to Report
- Photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros killed in Libya [Updated]
- Recent photos from Misrata by Chris Hondros, including some taken before his death and another gallery of images from the day of his death
- Parting Glance: Tim Hetherington
- Tim Hetherington 1970 – 2011
- Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros Killed in Libya
- CPJ’s report
- IN MEMORIAM: TIM HETHERINGTON
- A TRIBUTE TO TIM HETHERINGTON 1970-2011
- Human Rights Watch on Tim Hetherington
- BagNews on Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington
- Remembering Tim Hetherington
- BJP’s coverage, including a photo of Hondros as he was receiving medical attention after the attack (and here’s a bit of discussion, including from the BJP writer, about the decision to publish that picture)
- A Photojournalist Remembered (Chris Hondros)
- ‘Restrepo’ Partner: War Photographer Tim Hetherington Never Thought Himself Brave: Colleague Sebastian Junger on Friend and Veteran War Photographer Killed in Libya Attack
- Parting Glance: Chris Hondros
- The Integrity of Tim Hetherington
- Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros Killed in Libya
- Chris Hondros, friend and colleague
- Honoring Hondros and Hetherington
- Tim Hetherington: A Vanity Fair Portfolio
- Remembering Tim Hetherington Through Restrepo
- Tim Hetherington in Memoriam
- Remembering Chris Hondros
- Almost Dawn in Libya: Chris & Tim, Heading Home.
- only the good die young
- Hetherington Family Releases Statement on Tim’s Death
- Liverpool-born war photographer Tim Hetherington killed in Libya
- A Loss in the Family: Photographer Tim Hetherington, 1970–2011.
- Chris Hondros killed in Libya | 4.20.11 (gallery of recent work)
- Update: Me and Joseph Duo by Chris Hondros (Hondros tells the story of finding and helping the Monrovian fighter in his well-known photograph)
- RIP TIM HETHERINGTON AND CHRIS HONDROS
- Tim Hetherington’s Last Interview
- on life and loss, death and photojournalism
- Tim and Chris
- Dear Tim
- Libya War Photographers’ Final Hours
- John Kerry recalls photographer killed in Libya
- The Most Important Rule of Photography
- Chris and Tim
- ‘There Were Four Times When I Could Have Died’
- For What It’s Worth (seems to have an image of the moment John Kerry mentions of seeing Hondros’ images on the campaign trail)
- Photojournalist Chris Hondros: At Work in Misurata, Libya
- Remember Chris Hondros
- In Memory of Chris Hondros
- KIA in the Age of Facebook
- Post-photography: Tim Hetherington’s living legacy
- Brooklyn flag @ half mast @ Brooklyn Borough Hall for Chris and Tim. RIP.
- Sebastian Junger Remembers Tim Hetherington
- Two War Photographers On Their Injuries, Ethics
- GRITtv: Christopher Anderson: Remembering Tim Hetherington
- Testimony from a Colleague: Looking Back at Tim Hetherington’s Liberia
- Chris Hondros in Memoriam
- Bound and Torn by War: Photographers Killed in Libya Called Brooklyn Home; Living in the ‘Kibbutz’
- Remembering Tim Hetherington
- Service Held for Combat Photographers and Doctor Killed in Misurata
- Tim Hetherington’s Diary: The short film that showed where he was going as a director.
- Journalists Killed in Libya, News Breaks on Facebook
- Photojournalists embark on final journey home
- No safe haven for reporters in Libya
- Benghazi port tonight. Libyans show respect&solidarity 4 Tim Hetherington & Chris Hondros
- Shooters: The City’s War Photographers Mourn Two of Their Own
- On the Media: War photographers change their focus
- Chris Hondros, RIP: How my best friend died in a combat zone
- A Group of Conflict Photographers Runs Out of Luck
- Libyan Rebels Dedicate Town Square to Journalist Tim Hetherington
We will update with more as we see them. Our thoughts are with their families and friends.
Reports are just coming in confirming the deaths of photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros in Libya. The two were killed while covering fighting in a city called Misrata. ABCNews reports that there were three other photojournalists injured alongside Hondros and Hetherington: Michael Christopher Brown, Andre Liohn and an unknown third. These three are alive.
Our thoughts go out to the families of Hetherington and Hondros and other journalists in danger in Libya and elsewhere.