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Event: The Tim Hetherington collection & conflict imagery research network launch / 22 April 2021

The Tim Hetherington collection is based at the Imperial War Museum, and this AHRC-funded research network aims to explore Hetherington’s approach to recording conflict and to examine his legacy in the broader historical context of conflict imagery.

For our first network event, we focus on the visual tropes of war, including the idea of the ‘feedback loop’ which Hetherington spoke about, where soldiers co-opt popular culture into their own self-representations. Our expert speakers will discuss issues such as military masculinity, picturing injury, and the appeal of animals in combat imagery.

Tim Hetherington is best known as an award-winning conflict photographer, including four World Press Photo awards. In 2010, he was also nominated for an Academy Award for Restrepo, a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

This online event will include a short welcome, followed by two panels with invited speakers giving short presentations plus audience Q&A. There will be a short break between the two panel sessions.

Speakers include:

Suzannah Biernoff, “Flesh, stone, metal: the seductions of antiquity” | Senior Lecturer in the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck.

Max Houghton, “Restrepo: Locating the Self” | Senior Lecturer in Photography at London College of Communication

Paul Lowe, “Cats and Dogs: military representations of animals in combat” | Reader in Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, award-winning photographer.

Saumava Mitra, “Revisiting Restrepo: the men and boys beyond the wire” | Assistant Professor at Dublin City University.

Amru Salahuddien, "Individualism of the combatants” | Photojournalist covering the Middle East and Canada for international news agencies

Organised by the Imperial War Museum and University of Leeds. This event is supported by funding from the AHRC (Grant ref: AH/T008210/1). Principal investigator is Katy Parry (Leeds) and Co-Investigator is Greg Brockett (IWM). Please contact Katy if you would like to be kept informed about the network (

The Tim Hetherington collection & conflict imagery research network launch
22 April 2021, from 1500-1700 (BST)
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