April 6 – May 26, 2012
Reception: April 6 & May 4, 6 – 10pm
Chris Hondros: A Retrospective presents the first gallery exhibition chronicling over a decade of conflict photography from the late Chris Hondros. Hondros (March 14, 1970 – April 20, 2011) was born in New York to immigrant Greek and German parents, both survivors of World War II. Hondros moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, as a child. After studying English Literature at North Carolina State University and receiving a Masters degree from the School of Visual Communication in Ohio, Hondros returned to New York to concentrate on international reporting. He has covered most of the world’s major conflicts since the late 1990s, including dozens of trips to Afghanistan and Iraq, as well covering the wars in Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Kashmir, the West Bank, and Liberia.
Hondros, a staff photographer for Getty Images since 2000, has received dozens of awards for his work, including multiple honors from World Press Photo in Amsterdam, the National Pictures of the Year Competition, the Visa Pour L’Image in France, and the John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club. In 2004, Hondros was a Nominated Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for his images of the civil war in Liberia, and in 2006 he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal, war photography’s highest honor, for his work in Iraq. He was also named a 2007 Hero of Photography by American Photo magazine. Hondros’s work has been profiled in many news outlets, including CNN, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Smithsonian magazine, Newsweek, and The New Yorker. He also frequently writes essays on issues of war for international publications.
On April 20, 2011, Chris Hondros was killed while on assignment in Misurata, Libya.
Photo: Katie Orlinsky
Chris Hondros: A Retrospective was made possible through a collaboration between the Chris Hondros Fund, Artspace, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Getty Images, and Gotham Imaging.