Remembering Chris Hondros

Remembering Chris Hondros

As an Intern at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State University, I get to see a little bit of the behind the scenes of what goes into making the museum what it is including objects in the permanent collection, which are in the storage areas. The photographs by Chis Hondros never fail catch my eye. Each of these images tells a story and leaves me wanting to know more. After learning more about these photographs I am able to look at them deeper than I normally would when I pass by them.

Chris Hondros studied English Literature right here at NC State University and went on to get his masters at Ohio’s School of Visual Communications. Hondros then pursued international reporting and has documented many wars and other major world conflicts. He lived in New York where he worked for Getty Images as a senior staff photographer. His work has appeared on the covers of many major newspapers and magazines such as Newsweek and The New York Times. I learned that he was passionate about the issues of war and wanted to share stories of people he encountered. It is clear that this passion to share experiences comes through in his art.

Hondros has been nominated for and won many awards. One of his nominations included this image from Liberia (pictured below). This is an image of a Liberian loyalist commander celebrating after firing a rocket at rebel troops in 2003. It wasn’t out of the norm for Chris Hondros to be involved immediately in the action that he was documenting. He placed himself in the same environments as the people that he documented. This brought more understanding to him as a photographer. It is clear that he had a connection to the people that he was with when he photographed them. Being in their environment allowed him to see what they saw and to feel what they felt, making his images have a much deeper connection.

Archival pigment print by Chris Hondros, July 2003, Monrovia, Liberia Gift of Getty Images, Gregg Museum of Art & Design permanent collection 2005.036.006 Image copyright or Getty Images

Archival pigment print by Chris Hondros, July 2003, Monrovia, Liberia
Gift of Getty Images, Gregg Museum of Art & Design permanent collection 2005.036.006
Image copyright or Getty Images

On April 20, 2011, Chris Hondros died tragically while he was working on an assignment in Libya. Currently, many of his dear friends and supporters are working on funding a documentary film that would honor him and his work.

This image and 10 others are currently installed at the Park Alumni Center on NC State’s Centennial Campus. For information about visiting this installation, contact the NC State Alumni Association at 919-515-3375.

-Anna Mathis, Gregg Museum Intern Spring 2014

 

www.chrishondros.com

www.chrishondrosfilm.com

 

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