10 Daring Photographers Who Were Killed on the Job

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All photographers are daring in one way or another, but the bravest ones report to the front lines during war, document natural disasters on location, or get up close and personal with wildlife. These courageous souls bring us some of the most magnificent and eye-opening photography we'd never see if it weren't for them. Sadly, this exhilarating photography often comes at great cost to those behind the camera. Here are 10 daring photographers who were killed on the job:

  1. Chris Hondros: Chris Hondros was a Pulitzer Prize-nominated war photographer employed by Getty Images, who was fatally wounded in an RPG attack in Misrata while documenting the 2011 Libyan civil war. Hondros was known for his compelling work within some of the world's worst war zones including Angola, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistran, Kashmir, Iraq and Liberia. He also took photos of ground zero, Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. His groundbreaking work has been featured in several major magazines and newspapers, such as Newsweek, The Economist, The New York Times and the Washington Post.
  2. Tim Hetherington: Tim Hetherington was a British-American photojournalist best known for his work in Afghanistan, specifically his 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo. This imaginative photographer and filmmaker spent a great deal of time in West Africa, capturing the political upheaval and daily life in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Hetherington was the only photojournalist to live behind rebel lines during the Second Liberian Civil War. One April 20, 2011, Hetherington was killed in Misrata while documenting the Libyan civil war. It was uncertain whether he was killed by an RPG round or mortar shell. It was the same attack that took the life of fellow photographer Chris Hondros.
  3. Wes Skiles: Wes C. Skiles was a renowned underwater photographer who did freelance work for National Geographic magazine. Skiles was an award-winning photographer, cinematographer and explorer who was known for capturing breathtaking caves, blue holes and life on the ocean floor. On July 21, 2010, Skiles suddenly died while on a dive off Boynton Beach, Florida. Skiles had signaled to other divers that he was ascending, but when the crew returned to the surface they found his lifeless body washed up on the reef. The crew was unsuccessful in reviving him and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital. His cause of death remains a mystery, but has been listed as an accidental drowning.
  4. Robert Capa: Robert Capa was a Hungarian combat photographer best known for his chilling action photos during the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the First Indochina War. One of Capa's most prized war photos is the The Falling Soldier, which is believed to be Spanish Republican and anarchist Federico Borrell Garcia, but the man's identity continues to be disputed. His other famous work took place on D-Day when he captured the first couple of hours of the invasion on Omaha Beach. During Capa's last war assignment in Southeast Asia for the First Indochina War, he suffered grave injuries after stepping on a landmine in a war-torn area and was pronounced dead at the hospital with his camera in his hand.
  5. Michio Hoshino: Michio Hoshino was a famous nature photographer from Japan, who was greatly admired for his skill and ability to capture nature in its purest form. Hoshino's most celebrated work was of the great Alaskan tundra and its wildlife. His photographs have been featured in several magazines and journals such as National Geographic, Audubon and Geo. Sadly, on Aug. 8, 1996, Hoshino was pulled from his tent and killed by a brown bear while working in Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. Michio was collaborating with a team on a documentary film about brown bears for a Japanese television network.
  6. Paul Schutzer: Paul Schutzer was a renowned photographer for Life magazine, who is most remembered for his coverage of the Vietnam War and Israel in its early years. Schutzer's 11-year career with Life gave him the opportunity to travel around the world and capture some of history's most poignant moments, such as the building of the Berlin Wall, the Algerian War, John F. Kennedy's campaign and funeral, Cuba and Castro, the Iranian earthquake and Lebanon and Vietnam. Schutzer was known for accepting dangerous assignments and won several national photojournalism awards throughout his career. Sadly, Schutzer was killed during an assignment on the first day of the Six-Day War in 1967.
  7. Larry Burrows: Larry Burrows was an English photojournalist for Life magazine who is best remembered for his chilling photographs of the Vietnam War. Before Burrows arrived in Vietnam in 1962, he'd photographed some of the world's most violent places and conflicts, such as hostility in the Middle East and the tribal conflict in Congo. Burrows' most celebrated piece is his photo essay titled "One Ride with Yankee Papa 13," which features a 14-page story full of stark photographs and extensive war coverage from the American side. After nine years of covering the Vietnam War, Burrows and three other photographers were tragically killed when their helicopter was shot down near the border of Laos on Feb. 10, 1971.
  8. Bill Biggart: Bill Biggart was a New York City-based spot news photographer who was best known for his final groundbreaking photographs taken of the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11. Biggart chose to document stories that most interested him and always aimed to highlight the minority side, such as the Palestinians in the Middle East and the issues affecting blacks, gays and natives living in America. He resisted commercial photography and only shot in black and white. On Sept. 11, 2001, Biggart immediately reported to ground zero and captured one-of-a-kind street-view photographs, but was tragically killed when the World Trade Center's North Tower collapsed above him. His camera was recovered from beneath the rubble and his photos have been featured in Newsweek and online publications.
  9. David Seymour: David Seymour, also known as Chim, was a Polish photographer most widely known for his coverage of the Spanish Civil War, Czechoslovakia and other major European events, as well as his gripping photos of war orphans and celebrity snapshots. During World War II, Chim was enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe as a photo interpreter. There he documented the troubles of refugee children during the formation of UNICEF. Chim was also the co-founder of international photographic cooperative, Magnum Photos, with Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. A few years after Capa's tragic death, Chim was also killed by a Egyptian machine-gun fire while documenting the 1965 Suez War.
  10. Ken Oosterbroek: Ken Oosterbroek was a South African photojournalist and member of the Bang-Bang Club, a group of photographers who worked in South Africa during the final years of apartheid. Oosterbroek worked for the The Star in Johannesburg, and won many awards for his compelling work during this violent time. Sadly, Oosterbroek's career ended in 1994 when he was killed by friendly fire during a gun battle between the African National Congress and peacekeepers.
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