In 2007 and 2008, British photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington traveled to the Korengal Valley in northeastern Afghanistan to capture images of American soldiers serving in the war — not just in combat, but also relaxing, playing, sleeping. His photographs are now collected as a new book titled Infidel, and the video he shot for this project, working with writer Sebastian Junger, became the prize-winning documentary Restrepo.
I talked to Tim Hetherington about his new book and experience in Afghanistan last week:
Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta was honored with the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. Tim Hetherington met Giunta while he was in the Korengal Valley and talked to Jeffrey Brown about the day in October 2007 when Giunta saved two fellow soldiers. You can find that conversation and a NewsHour interview with Giunta here on the Rundown.