KHUSHI KHONA, HERAT PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN - JUNE 22: An Afghan man riding a pony is seen through a U.S. Army Humvee window June 22, 2010 in the Khushi Khona area of Afghanistan, in Herat Province near the Turkmenistan border. The 82nd Airborne along with NATO Italian troops have been working for nearly a year in this historic area of Afghanistan, dotted with ancient villages just north of the cosmopolitan city of Herat. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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.

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.

HERAT, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 24: A man walking the streets is seen through the window of a US Army Humvee October 24, 2010 in central Herat, Afghanistan. Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city, has been spared much of the rampant violence that has engulfed the rural Afghan countryside, though poltical assassinations and terror attacks are not uncommon in the city of over half a million people. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images A 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." HERAT, HERAT PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN - JUNE 26: Afghan schoolgirls seen through the window of a Humvee wave to a passing American convoy June 26, 2010 in downtown Herat, Afghanistan. Historic Herat, one of Afghanistan's largest cities, is bustling these days and is considered safe by American and Italian troops tasked with securing the region, who have mostly seen attacks in rural areas of the province. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images Afghan schoolgirls wave to a passing American convoy, June 26, 2010, in downtown Herat, Afghanistan. HERAT, HERAT PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN - JUNE 26: A decorated motorcycle taxi is seen through the window of a Humvee June 26, 2010 in downtown Herat, Afghanistan. Historic Herat, one of Afghanistan's largest cities, is bustling these days and is considered safe by American and Italian troops tasked with securing the region, who have mostly seen attacks in rural areas of the province. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images A decorated motorcycle taxi seen through the window of a Humvee, June 26, 2010, in downtown Herat, Afghanistan. HERAT, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 24: Men having a picnic on a traffic median are seen through the window of a US Army Humvee October 24, 2010 in central Herat, Afghanistan. Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city, has been spared much of the rampant violence that has engulfed the rural Afghan countryside, though poltical assassinations and terror attacks are not uncommon in the city of over half a million people. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images Men having a picnic on a traffic median, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan. HERAT, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 24: An Afghan policeman directing traffic is seen through the window of a US Army Humvee October 24, 2010 in central Herat, Afghanistan. Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city, has been spared much of the rampant violence that has engulfed the rural Afghan countryside, though poltical assassinations and terror attacks are not uncommon in the city of over half a million people. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images A policeman directing traffic in central Herat, Afghanistan, October 2010. HERAT, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 24: An Afghan man is seen through the window of a US Army Humvee October 24, 2010 in central Herat, Afghanistan. Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city, has been spared much of the rampant violence that has engulfed the rural Afghan countryside, though poltical assassinations and terror attacks are not uncommon in the city of over half a million people. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images Scene through a Humvee window, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan. HERAT, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 24: An Afghan Natinoal Policeman is seen through the window of a US Army Humvee October 24, 2010 in central Herat, Afghanistan. Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city, has been spared much of the rampant violence that has engulfed the rural Afghan countryside, though poltical assassinations and terror attacks are not uncommon in the city of over half a million people. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images Soldiers standing guard, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan. KHUSHI KHONA, HERAT PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN - JUNE 22: Local Afghan girls are seen through a U.S. Army Humvee window June 22, 2010 in the Khushi Khona area of Afghanistan, in Herat Province near the Turkmenistan border. The 82nd Airborne along with NATO Italian troops have been working for nearly a year in this historic area of Afghanistan, dotted with ancient villages just north of the cosmopolitan city of Herat. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images Local Afghan children, June 22, 2010, in the Khushi Khona area of Afghanistan, in Herat Province near the Turkmenistan border. HERAT, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 24: An Afghan man stares back through the window of a US Army Humvee October 24, 2010 in central Herat, Afghanistan. Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city, has been spared much of the rampant violence that has engulfed the rural Afghan countryside, though poltical assassinations and terror attacks are not uncommon in the city of over half a million people. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images An Afghan man stares back through the window, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan. HERAT, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 24: Men riding a motorcycle are seen through the window of a US Army Humvee October 24, 2010 in central Herat, Afghanistan. Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city, has been spared much of the rampant violence that has engulfed the rural Afghan countryside, though poltical assassinations and terror attacks are not uncommon in the city of over half a million people. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images Men riding a motorcycle, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan. HERAT, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 24: Schoolgirls walking home from classes are seen through the window of a US Army Humvee October 24, 2010 in central Herat, Afghanistan. Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city, has been spared much of the rampant violence that has engulfed the rural Afghan countryside, though poltical assassinations and terror attacks are not uncommon in the city of over half a million people. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images Schoolgirls walking home from classes, October 24, 2010, in central Herat, Afghanistan. HERAT, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 24: A man stands on the side of a highway as seen through the window of a US Army Humvee October 24, 2010 on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city, has been spared much of the rampant violence that has engulfed the rural Afghan countryside, though poltical assassinations and terror attacks are not uncommon in the city of over half a million people. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images A man stands on the side of a highway, October 24, 2010, on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. HERAT, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 24: Men and boys ride on a vehicle as seen through the window of a US Army Humvee October 24, 2010 on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city, has been spared much of the rampant violence that has engulfed the rural Afghan countryside, though poltical assassinations and terror attacks are not uncommon in the city of over half a million people. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Chris Hondros/Getty Images Men and boys ride on a vehicle, October 24, 2010, on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan.

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