Tim Hetherington was considered by many to be one of the most significant visual artist of recent times. An award-winning photo journalist and filmmaker, Hetherington spent years covering conflict across the world in locations such as Liberia, Afghanistan and Libya. Risking his life to expose the brutalities of war from the inside, the photographer sadly died after experiencing a mortar blast in Libya in 2011.
Through his lens the artist was able to uncover rare intimacy as he sought a quieter reflection on the human experience of war. In 2010, shortly before his death, Hetherington made the Oscar-nominated film Restrepo, which explored his fascination with how war creates powerful bonds between men and the terrifying normality of conflict for soldiers.
Which Way Is The Frontline From Here? remembers the photographer’s life and brilliant 10-year career through interviews with his friends and family. The film is also intertwined with personal footage and the unique imagery from Hetherington’s archive and his RESTREPO co-director, Sebastian Junger, pays fitting tribute to a respected friend and colleague. Produced by frontline journalist and documentary filmmaker, James Brabazon, the piece carefully explores the curiosity, compassion and empathy that underpin the artist’s extraordinary work.
Which Way Is The Frontline From Here? opens on Thursday 17 October at The Lexi Cinema, 194b Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, London, NW10 3JU. Producer James Brabazon will also be present for a post-screening Q&A. Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, is currently running a photographic exhibition of Hetherington’s work, You Never See Them Like This. For more information on the exhibition pick up a copy of Aesthetica Issue 55.