Through a Humvee Window: A War Photographer's Afghanistan
The late Chris Hondros was a great conflict photographer. But his quieter pictures speak volumes, too.
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Published August 10, 2018
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Photographer Chris Hondros was just 41 years old when he was killed in a mortar attack, along with his colleague and friend, Tim Hetherington, in Misrata, Libya, on April 20, 2011. Both men died doing the work that they were seemingly born to do: covering conflict, close to the action, taking photographs that mattered. But Hondros was not just a great war photographer. He was a great photographer, period, and some of his quieter pictures — for example, these photos taken through a Humvee window while traveling through Afghanistan with troops from the 82nd Airborne in 2010 — capture an essential aspect of Hondros' finest work: compassion for ordinary people caught up in extraordinary, and extraordinarily difficult and dangerous, times. A recently released documentary, "Hondros," directed by Greg Campbell, a childhood friend of the photographer, retraces Hondros' celebrated career.
Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesA man walking the streets is seen through the window of a U.S. Army Humvee, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan. "I've long been fascinated by the view through the window of a Humvee," Hondros told msnbc.com in June 2010, "as it rolls through the cities or deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq. The view affords a paradoxical kind of intimacy ... [F]or a journalist, it's a unique opportunity to observe something much harder to witness while out in the open: Afghans going about their mundane, day-to-day lives. It's a precious window on a world that remains opaque and mysterious to most Americans."
Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesAfghan schoolgirls wave to a passing American convoy, June 26, 2010, in downtown Herat, Afghanistan.Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesA decorated motorcycle taxi seen through the window of a Humvee, June 26, 2010, in downtown Herat, Afghanistan.Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesMen having a picnic on a traffic median, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan.
Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesA policeman directing traffic in central Herat, Afghanistan, October 2010.Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesScene through a Humvee window, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan.Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesSoldiers standing guard, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan.
Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesLocal Afghan children, June 22, 2010, in the Khushi Khona area of Afghanistan, in Herat Province near the Turkmenistan border.Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesAn Afghan man stares back through the window, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan.Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesMen riding a motorcycle, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan.
Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesSchoolgirls walking home from classes, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan.Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesA man stands on the side of a highway, October 24, 2010, on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan.Chris Hondros/Getty ImagesMen and boys ride on a vehicle, October 24, 2010, on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan.