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Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold Hardcover – June 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Umbrage Editions (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188416773X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884167737
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington spent eight years living and working in West Africa, four focused on Liberia. He first arrived in Liberia in 1999. During this time he was detained and threatened by then president Charles Taylor's notorious Anti-Terrorist Unit. In the 2003 Liberian Civil War, he was one of two journalists to live behind rebel lines.

In April 2011 he was killed in the besieged city of Misurata, Libya.

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Tim Hetherington was born in Liverpool, UK. He was based between New York an London, and worked as a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair magazine. In April 2011 he was killed in the besieged city of Misurata, Libya.

His interest was in creating diverse forms of visual communication from long-term projects and his work has ranged from digital projections at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, to fly-poster exhibitions in Lagos, to feature-length documentary film including "Restrepo" which earned him an Oscar nomination.

He spent eight years working and living in West Africa, four of them in Liberia. His initial project 'Healing Sport' was published in 'Tales of a Globalizing World' by Thames and Hudson (2003). In the 2003 Liberian civil war, along with a TV colleague, he was the only photographer to live behind rebel lines. The resultant film, 'Liberia: an uncivil war' was released in 2004. In 2006, he left image making to work on the Panel of Experts of the UN Security Council's Liberia Sanctions Committee. He returned to documentary a year later, and his book 'Long Story Bit By Bit: Liberia Retold' was published by Umbrage Editions in May 2009.

Known for his long-term documentary work, he received an Alfred I. duPont award, four World Press prizes including the World Press Photo of the Year 2007, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.

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The writing is eloquent, full of insights, honest and fresh.
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I just love Tim Hetherington's approach to his art -- making it personal, pointing the camera at faces, so you see the horror in the eyes.
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This book was worth taking the time to look at it; excellent full-page photographs followed by a narrative pages.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Hartman on September 9, 2010
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It is difficult to find readily accessible books written for adults on any country in modern Africa. Hetherington does a very admirable job in presenting an unusual look into the complexities of Liberia, combining thought-provoking photographs with background information pertinent to understanding them. He also allows the subjects of many of the photos to speak for themselves, providing engaging insight into the intricacies of how and what Liberians think. This book, combined with a 2007 film, "Iron Ladies of Liberia" (available through Women Make Movies website or check your local library) were extremely helpful in enhancing my understanding of modern Liberia. Now if I could just understand the continuing delusional support of so many Liberians for Charles Taylor...very puzzling.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jordan G. Holtam on July 17, 2009
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Not your usual "coffee table" book, with excellent full-page photographs followed by a narrative page, Long Story Bit by Bit sets out a condensed account of Liberia's struggle with the horrors of a savage 14 year civil war. This book is a "must have" for anyone interested in Liberia and it is a true value for money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Keusen on July 12, 2012
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To call Tim Hetherington a great photographer would be a mistake. That's not how he saw it.
He said: "If you are interested in mass communication, then you have to stop thinking of yourself as a photographer."
I got to know Tim during and after the civil war in Liberia. We were often together and had discussed a lot about the inhuman in the life. Tim was one of the most courageous and faithful journalists whom I might got to know. He said to me once. "He want to show nothing but the truth with his pictures. We show the good and the bad."

The first words that were used to describe Tim Hetherington by almost anybody who knew him were "humble" and "modest." Yes, Tim was a guy of great talents -- a photojournalist whose photographs were at a very high level of artistry, who had released this past fall an art photography book.

This book was worth taking the time to look at it; excellent full-page photographs followed by a narrative pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Micole D. on September 8, 2013
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I just love Tim Hetherington's approach to his art -- making it personal, pointing the camera at faces, so you see the horror in the eyes. He was truly the best kind of artist -- one who made us look at the very worst in ourselves -- the inhumanity of humanity. But somehow you know he did it with love and understanding of his subjects. And maybe of us too. He is greatly missed and greatly loved.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By script on June 5, 2011
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Les reportages de Tim Hetherington au coeur des dernieres zones de conflits mondiaux , nous montrent a chaque image " step by step " ce que sont les effets et les consequences de cette "barbarie " planetaire .Derriere les lignes de front , dans la guerilla urbaine , au quotidien des civils , il nous implique comme il le fut dans cette violence "banale " vehiculee de plus en plus par les " enfants " qui font les guerres Des images qui questionnent , comme tout son travail .. RIP Tim .
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