A decade in war zones took a physical and emotional toll. In 2007, Tim snapped his leg trying to evade a Taliban ambush in the Afghan mountains late one night. He walked on the broken limb for several excruciating hours to reach safety, sometimes crawling on his hands and knees.
“Tim was wiped out after Afghanistan,” his friend Shoshana Guy told me. “It drained him emotionally, physically, spiritually. He knew he was losing something he would never get back.”
Jeremiah Zagar, a filmmaker and close friend, points to Tim’s conceptual video Diary as evidence of his exhaustion.
“Someone said, ‘Diary is so beautiful.’ No, it’s not, it’s the opposite of beautiful. Diary is about Tim trying to express that he is completely sucked dry by war—a shell of a human being. The end is a dude on the phone with the press, he can’t explain anything of what he’s seen. He’s like, You have no fucking idea.”
From: Tim Hetherington: Photojournalist, Giant. by his friend and collegue, Michael Kamber. Read more here.