David Courier, a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival who chose "Restrepo" to open last year's event, said the movie gave "the experience of what it's like to be at war." He described Hetherington as "a really humble guy. … Grace is a really good word to describe Tim Hetherington. There was humility and none of that false humility which can sometimes permeate the entertainment industry."
In a statement, the Hetherington family said, "Tim was in Libya to continue his ongoing multimedia project to highlight humanitarian issues during time of war and conflict. He will be forever missed."
In an interview in November with the PBS's "NewsHour," Hetherington discussed the challenges of reporting on war in "Restrepo."
"It's a very slippery thing to try to get out any truisms about war," he said.
"You know, war is hell, but it's more than that. And rather than lay down any kind of definitiveness, I just wanted to, to show the texture of it.
"And that meant not just photographing just the combat, but, as you say, the guys, their time off, when war is often very boring. And it's boredom punctuated by sheer terror.