Foundation Plans Tribute to Late Photojournalist Killed in Libya;
Getty & Greek America Foundation Partner to Remember Chris Hondros’ Life.
A tribute to the Chris Hondros will be featured at the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto as part of the Greek Film & Foto Week exhibition that is organized by the Greek America Foundation. Hondros was killed in Libya last year covering the civil war that brought down that country’s repressive regime.
The complete exhibition will feature photographs from over 25 North American photographers of Greek descent and will open with a private reception on May 5, 2012 at the Burroughes (639 Queen Street West, Toronto), a unique event space owned and operated by Queen Street Partners, which is also a major sponsor of the weeklong exhibition.
The Hondros tribute, supported and authorized by Getty Images will include three of the photographer’s iconic images of a young Liberian soldier, in the heat of battle during that country’s civil war in July of 2003. The second and third images in the series are of the same young man, when Chris returned to Liberia in October of 2005 after the war and sought out the same young man.
Hondros– typical of him to care so much about those he filmed– photographed the young Liberian soldier-turned-student at the same location after paying his tuition so that he could complete high school.
Getty’s editors selected these images because they compliment the work of the Greek America Foundation’s scholarship fund, which also places a value on young people’s education.
The images on display at Greek Film & Foto Week will be auctioned and proceeds will be split between the Greek America Foundation’s scholarship endowment fund and the Chris Hondros Fund, which supports young people following in Chris’ footsteps with grants and scholarships.
Chris Hondros was killed on April 20, 2011 with his camera in his hand. He was a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist, born in New York City to immigrant Greek and German parents, both survivors of World War II. He moved to North Carolina as a child. After studying English literature at North Carolina State and taking his Master’s degree at Ohio’s School of Visual Communications, Hondros returned to New York to concentrate on international reporting.
Hondros covered most of the world’s major conflicts since the late 1990s, including wars in Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the West Bank, Iraq, and Liberia. His work appeared regularly on the covers of magazines such as Newsweek and The Economist, and on the front pages of most major American newspapers, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
Hondros received dozens of awards, including multiple honors from World Press Photo in Amsterdam, the International 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 work in Liberia, and in 2006 he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal, war photography’s highest honor, for his work in Iraq. He’s also been named a 2007 “Hero of Photography” by American Photo magazine, and was a 2008 National Magazine Award finalist.
In addition to his photography, Hondros was a frequent lecturer and essayist on issues of war, and wrote for the Virginia Quarterly Review, Editor and Publisher, The Digital Journalist, and other publications. Hondros and his work were frequently chronicled in the general press, including profiles by Smithsonian magazine, CNN, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and Newsweek. He was a senior staff photographer for Getty Images.
The Greek Film & Foto Week exhibition opens with a private reception and press screening on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 5:00pm and runs for a week through Saturday, May 12, 2012.
The exhibition is open to the public on Sunday, May 6, 2012 between 11:00am and 6:00pm and Monday-Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm daily except Saturday, May 12, 2012 when the exhibition will close at noon.
The Burroughes is located at 639 Queen Street West in Toronto.
Details at http://www.greekamerica.org