Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer


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Grove Press
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About the Author

Alan Huffman is the author of the nonfiction books Open Season (with Michael Rejebian), Sultana, Mississippi in Africa, and the photo-essay book Ten Point: Deer Camp in the Mississippi Delta. He has contributed to The Los Angeles Times; The New York Times; The Washington Post Magazine; Lost; National Wildlife; Outside; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; The Oxford American; Preservation; Smithsonian; and numerous other publications. He has also worked as an editor at He divides his time between Bolton, Mississippi and Brooklyn, New York.


Praise for Here I Am

"I don't think I fully understood how brave my good friend Tim Hetherington was until reading these pages. Not only does Huffman bring Tim back to life - his brilliant work, his extraordinary vision - but he also leads us through some of the most harrowing combat of our generation. His description of the siege of Misrata should be read by anyone who imagines they understand war - or courage, or fear. For all my time as a war reporter, I don't think I fully understood those things until reading Huffman's incredible book."--Sebastian Junger

"[Huffman] investigates not only the significant life of his subject, whom he admires greatly, but also the craft of the war photographer and the tensions and contradictions involved . . . Huffman excels at heightening the drama, depicting the rapid-fire action and constant danger of working among soldiers and guerrillas engaged in battle."--The Boston Globe

"Huffman looks at what it means to be a war reporter in the 21st century through the lens of the iconic Hetherington's life, looking at his early work--prize-winning photographs of Liberian children--to his Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo" . . . to the mortar blast in Libya that cut his life short."--New York Post (Required Reading)

"[Here I Am] captures the unflinching life of war photographer Tim Hetherington. . . . Huffman re-creates the suspense of battle, the tension between competing photographers who, by nature, are judgmental of one another's approach to depicting war; he builds detailed characters of Libyan ambulance drivers, fighters, and commanders as successfully as he depicts the contentious clique of photographers."--Lynsey Addario, Daily Beast

"Huffman vividly chronicles the short life of a man drawn to danger zones to capture the horrors of modern warfare."--Los Angeles Times

"A powerfully written biography . . . titled Here I Am in reference to a moment that Hetherington finds himself in his own viewfinder, reflected back in a mirror. This is poignant imagery and metaphor for the entire body of this extraordinary artist and humanist's life."--Huffington Post

"Celebrate[s] Tim Hetherington's life . . . recount[s] his last days in Libya in excruciating detail."--TIME

"In stark, unsentimental words, Huffman shows how the bold and ambitious Hetherington was drawn past even his own inner psychological boundary. . . . Gut-wrenching as his story is, it's an inspirational one that is especially significant in this era of media downsizing and of sanitized, corporate-driven journalism."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A delicate and thoughtful telling of the photographer's life. Literary in style, Here I Am explores the questions asked about those who works their lives to document wars: why do they do it, do they manage to stay uninvolved in the events they see, how do they cope with civilian life, and so on. . . . Readers interested in those who pursue this dangerous profession will find much insight in this book."--South China Morning Post

"Hetherington emerges as a strikingly versatile storyteller, equally at home in film, old-fashioned still photography, and writing."--Biographile

"By describing so vividly the world Hetherington lived and died in, by the end it feels like Tim is your friend. It is hard to stifle tears. His death feels like your loss. And it is. . . . In [Huffman's] account of those last days, you will find yourself breathless, almost believing you can change the outcome, turning the pages frantically. . . And it hurts. It hurts all the more because thanks to Huffman, you are there."--Travellinbaen, Missing the Ground

"Huffman takes readers into the midst of some dangerous and gruesome battle zones that Hetherington recorded. The book is part biography and part war chronicle, but it is also a skillfully constructed eulogy, in which Huffman allows many of Hetherington's friends and colleagues to reminisce about a fallen comrade. . . . By deftly combining such personal memories with vivid descriptions of battle zones, Huffman makes Here I Am a must-read as a uniquely constructed memoriam."--Winnipeg Free Press

"Huffman recounts Hetherington's career in chapters that expand on the many conflicts the photographer covered: The Liberian civil war; the genocide in Sudan. . . the American occupation of Afghanistan. . . and succeeds in immersing us in Hetherington's daily reality while in conflict zones. . . . Many excellent interviews with friends and colleagues add a personal dimension to the photographer's extraordinary life."--The Columbia Journalism Review

"The biographer wanted closure not only for himself and his book, but also for Hetherington's loved ones--and especially for future war photojournalists who would look back and look up to Hetherington. . . . A tribute. Fortunately for readers, though, it is not undiluted hagiography."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Huffman recounts the career arc of British-born and -educated Hetherington while simultaneously providing insights into the mentality of war photographers during the past century. . . . A first-rate biographical portrait that also deserves accolades for its insights into the minds of adventure-seeking photographers."--Kirkus Reviews

"Huffman's biography crackles with the authenticity of his own experiences in Liberia and interviews with Hetherington and his colleagues . . . An in-depth, intense chronicle."--Shelf Awareness

"Compelling . . . Huffman details Hetherington's early career, friendships, and experiences with rebels in Africa, and influences and aesthetic struggles. . . and offers perspectives from firsthand sources to unveil the heroism and errors of his final days."--Publishers Weekly

"From American journalist Alan Huffman comes Here I Am. . . a biography about the photojournalist famous for his iconic photos of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, who was killed in 2011 by a mortar blast during the Libyan civil war."--Quill & Quire (Spring Preview 2013)

"Huffman details the life of a man who wasn't satisfied to record images but wanted to understand the causes behind the war, the histories of conflict, and the individuals--many, adolescents--caught in the horror and drama of war. Through Hetherington's extraordinary life, Huffman explores a dangerous profession and how one man pursued it with his own personal twist."--Booklist

"A tale worth telling, a look into a world of violence and chaos few could understand."--The Jackson Clarion-Ledger

"[Huffman is] at his riveting best in his description of the battle for Misrata, which puts the reader as close as most of us ever want to get to the absolute hell of chaotic urban war."--Pasatiempo

"I was happy to see news of a book about Hetherington; I was even happier that Huffman was writing it. The man can write. . . . Huffman could have written a fine book about war, but in Here I Am he's done something a little more complicated--he's captured and communicated how Tim Hetherington saw war."--Lemuria Bookstore Blog