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TIME’s Best of 2011: Animals in Peril

Animals have found themselves in the path of peril and at the heart the some of the biggest news stories over the past twelve months, from the Japanese tsunami and Bangkok floods to the war in Libya and the droughts in Africa. While some animals have been sent into the danger zone, the majority of these creatures have simply had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, victims of circumstance, and at the mercy of nature’s wrath or man’s violent feuds.

When U.S. special-forces stormed a compound and killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the story behind the story was that of the anonymous four-legged member of the eighty-strong team: a bulletproof vest-wearing K-9 military working dog that had taken part in the raid. Elsewhere, the mascot dogs of the Athens protests—Kanellos, Louk and Loukanikos, or”Sausage”—have been photographed countless times amid the protests. The subject of the online world’s attention, the canines have a dedicated Facebook and Wikipage, and are featured in numerous YouTube videos.

The average animal doesn’t make headlines, but countless creatures have been photographed amid the chaos and destruction so widely connected to some of the year’s biggest stories. Here, LightBox looks back on a few furry friends who’ve found themselves in harm’s way in 2011.

Food for War: What multicultural soldiers eat in Afghanistan

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MREs Meals Ready to Eat photos of everything on the menu for soliders from many different cultures who are all fighting in Afghanistan Ashley Gilbertson / VII Network via Lens Culture

Photographer Ashley Gilbertson narrates this audio slideshow, presenting photo comparisons of the pre-packaged contents of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) from 15 nations, as officially distributed to their soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Some general observations: Food for warriors often includes nostalgic tastes from home. One French packaged meal can be traded for five American packaged meals. However, many other cultures crave the American packages, because they contain “fun food” — hamburgers, natchos, Skittles candy, peanut butter and pound cake. Australian MREs include vegemite. Italians get three disposable tooth brushes in their daily packages. British soldiers have about 40 menus to choose from, but the most popular is lamb curry, including a small bottle of Tabasco sauce, and tea, of course. washington dental . German soldiers sometimes get a Bosnian-Serbian ground beef meal and Austrian bread with a shelf-life of many years. Polish soldiers eat goulash. The potato servings in Canadian meals sizzle like gunpowder and firecrackers when thrown into a fire.

Gilbertson says this:

In combat, eating is often the only good thing about a day. When a soldier or marine sits down to warm up his M.R.E., hes not being shot at, hes not losing friends. Its almost a ritual, and the very act of opening one of these packages suggests safety, however brief it may be.

To a lot of the troops from many nations that I’ve met, mealtimes are the only thing to look forward to other, perhaps, than going home.

The slideshow includes photo comparisons of meals for soldiers from the following countries: United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Ukraine, South Korea, and Australia.

Tim Hetherington

Tim Hertherington, 1970-2011

When thinking about Memorial Day, and our soldiers around the world, I keep coming back to Tim Hetherington and the difficult and meaningful work that he dedicated himself to. Tim was killed on April 20th by a rocket propelled grenade while photographing in the front lines in Misrata, Libya. As a photographer and film maker, he was our eyes, our consciousness, our interpreter of conflict, war, and death. He also brought a humanity and an amazing life spirit to his work. He gave his life for this vision and I want to spend today, not only thinking of Tim, but of those 18 year old young men and women who are too young to deal with the nightmare of war.

Sleeping Soliders Video, 2009
The work was made in 2007-8 while I was following a platoon of US Airborne Infantry based in the Korengal Valley of Eastern Afghanistan. This is a single screen version of the original 3-screen installation that was first show in New York in 2009 (the original 3-screen version was designed as an immerisve installation, and not for the small screen).

Sleeping Soldiers_single screen (2009) from Tim Hetherington on Vimeo.

Tim was born in Liverpool, UK, studied literature at Oxford University and later, photojournalism. At the time of his death, he was living in New York, but was traveling the world as a photo journalist. He is known for his long-term documentary work.

“Tim lived and worked in West Africa for eight years and has reported on social and political issues worldwide. His project Healing Sport was published by Thames and Hudson as part of group project Tales of a Globalizing World (Thames & Hudson 2003). Long Story Bit By Bit:Liberia Retold (Umbrage Editions 2009) narrates recent Liberian history by drawing on images and interviews made over a five year period. A new book, Infidel (Chris Boot Ltd 2010), about a group of US soldiers in Afghanistan, continues the examination of young men and conflict.”

He was also nominated for an Academy Award, along with Sebastian Junger, for his documentary film, Restrepo, about a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan.

Diary Video (2010)
‘Diary’ is a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten years of reporting. It’s a kaleidoscope of images that link our western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the media.

Diary (2010) from Tim Hetherington on Vimeo.

Images from Sleeping Soldiers

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Tim Hetherington Installation and Video on View



Installation shot of Sleeping Soliders by Tim Hetherington. Image taken with SONY a33 DLSR Camera and Lens, generously donated by Sony USA

In remembrance of Tim Hetherington, photographer, reporter, and filmmaker, Aperture is honored to present his Sleeping Soldiers video installation and his Diary video, from Wednesday, May 25 through Thursday, June 23.

Tim Hetherington was killed in Misurata, Libya, on April 20, 2011, during an attack by pro-Qaddafi forces on the rebel-held town. His funeral took place in London on May 13 and in New York, May 24.

Sleeping Soldiers (5 minutes, 2009) is an immersive video essay, shot at the same time as the film Restrepo, featuring soldiers of a U.S. Airborne Infantry platoon based in the Korengal Valley of Eastern Afghanistan, in combat, and asleep. The original three-screen installation was first shown in New York in 2009 at the New York Photo Festival, in an exhibition curated by Jon Levy.

Diary (19 minutes, 2010) is a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of Hetherington’s working life, and was made as an attempt to find himself after ten years of reporting. It’s a kaleidoscope of images that link our Western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the media.

Both videos were shot and directed by Tim Hetherington, with editing and sound design by Magali Charrier.

Hetherington’s family and friends have suggested that donations in his memory be made to the three charities that Tim felt most strongly about: Human Rights Watch, the independent organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights, for which he worked regularly; Committee to Protect Journalists; and Milton Margai School for the Blind in Sierra Leone, where Hetherington photographed and worked with students, who had been intentionally blinded by the Revolutionary United Force. Donations to these charities will be accepted at Aperture during the screening of his videos.

Tim Hetherington was born in Liverpool, UK, in 1970. He studied literature at Oxford University and later returned to college to study photojournalism. He lived in New York and was a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair magazine. He was known for creating diverse forms of visual communication and his work has ranged from multiscreen installations, to fly-poster exhibitions, to handheld device downloads. Known for his long-term documentary work, Hetherington lived and worked in West Africa for eight years and reported on social and political issues worldwide.

As a filmmaker, he worked as both a cameraman and director/producer. He was a cameraman on Liberia: An Uncivil War (2004) and The Devil Came on Horseback (2007), and his directorial debut, Restrepo (codirected with Sebastian Junger), was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, in 2011.

He authored and published two books of photographs: Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold (Umbrage Editions, 2009), and Infidel (Chris Boot, 2010).

He was the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (2000–2004), a Hasselblad Foundation grant (2002), four World Press Photo prizes, including the World Press Photo of the Year 2007, the Rory Peck Award for Features (2008), and an Alfred I. duPont award (2009).