Tuesday 17 September 2024

7pm - 8pm

IWM London

£15, Students £10

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What role does photography play in documenting, recording and memorialising pivotal moments in conflict history, from the Second World War to 9/11 to the war in Ukraine today? And what responsibilities does this role carry for the photojournalists themselves? 

To celebrate IWM's Tim Hetherington exhibition Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington, the IWM Institute is convening a lineup of top war photographers and journalists, including Sebastian Junger (via video link), James Brabazon, Christina Lamb and Lindsey Hilsum. 

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Speaker lineup

  • James Brabazon

    James Brabazon

    James Brabazon is an author, frontline-journalist and documentary filmmaker. Based in the UK, he has travelled to over 70 countries – investigating, filming and directing in the world's most hostile environments. He is the author of the international bestseller My Friend the Mercenary, a memoir recounting his experiences of the Liberian civil war and the Equatorial Guinea coup plot; and the Max McLean series of spy thrillers The Break Line and Arkhangel (UK) / All Fall Down (USA).

  • Sebastian Junger
    © Christopher Anderson

    Sebastian Junger

    Sebastian Junger is a bestselling author, award-winning journalist, contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News. He has covered major international news stories around the world, and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award. Junger is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film "Restrepo", a feature-length documentary (co-directed with Tim Hetherington), was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.   

  • Christina Lamb

    Christina Lamb

    Christina Lamb is Chief Foreign Correspondent at The Sunday Times and one of Britain’s leading foreign journalists as well as a bestselling author. She has reported from most of the world’s hot-spots from Angola to Ukraine and starting with Afghanistan after an unexpected wedding invitation led her to Karachi in 1987 when she was just 21. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Young Journalist of the Year; Foreign Correspondent of the Year; the Prix Bayeux and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Editors.

  • Lindsey Hilsum

    Lindsey Hilsum

    Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News' International Editor and the author of In Extremis; the Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin, which won the 2019 James Tait Black Prize for biography. Her new book I Brought The War with Me; Stories and Poems from the Front Line will be published in September. Recently she has reported on the wars in Gaza and Ukraine, and the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan. She has covered the major conflicts and refugee movements of the past three decades, including Syria, Iraq, Kosovo and Rwanda, winning several awards. She is a regular contributor to newspapers and literary journals.

Tim Hetherington at IWM

A Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy combatant sits beside a hand grenade in Tubmanburg, Liberia. June 2003.
Tim Hetherington, © IWM DC 64010

Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington

IWM London
20 April to 29 September 2024

A soldier turns away from a dust cloud being created by a helicopter that is hovering above an outpost in Afghanistan.
© IWM DC 57687

Tim Hetherington collection and Conflict Imagery Network

Find out more about the network and watch expert speakers discuss the themes explored in Tim Hetherington’s work.

Black and white portrait of a member of the Liberian football team the Millennium Stars at a training pitch in Monrovia, Liberia, May 1999.
© IWM (DC_066175)
Contemporary conflict

In pictures: Tim Hetherington

Tim Hetherington (1970–2011) wanted to tell people’s stories in a variety of ways. During his career he produced work as a photojournalist, humanitarian and award-winning film director, but his primary tool of communication was photography. A selection of his photographs are brought together in the latest book in the IWM Photography Collection series.