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London hosts exhibition about Tim Hetherington, who photographed the impact of the war in Angola

An exhibition about Tim Hetherington at the Imperial War Museum, in London, seeks to show the British photojournalist's personal approach to covering war on the African continent, which included a visit to Angola.

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Hetherington photographed sports facilities in 2002 in Luanda, Huambo, Luena and Cuíto destroyed or abandoned during the civil war and people with limbs amputated due to the explosion of landmines who were playing sports.

The black and white images are part of the project "Healing Sport, Angola. The healing qualities of sport and the spirit of competition in post-war Angola".

The Brit produced more comprehensive work, between 1999 and 2002, which included photographs in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Kenya, about the consequences of armed conflicts, using sport to attract audiences to a difficult topic.

"Although he reported news, his curiosity led him to do larger projects on conflict, which looked at the more complex layers rather than just saying 'this is what's happening'," explained the exhibition's curator, Greg Brockett, to the Lusa agency.

Hetherington "also explored the human side of what was happening" and, he added, with 'Healing Sport' he wanted to "show what happens after the war ends and people have to get on with their lives".

"It's looking at the long-term impact, trying to explore more of the different human elements combined and telling stories about conflicts that are different from just saying this is what happened. It's a different approach," said Brockett.

In addition to images and video, the exhibition, which will be open between last Saturday and September 29th, also includes excerpts from the diary that show Hetherington's reflections on his own craft in ethical and aesthetic terms.

The exhibition is the result of an analysis of the photographer's estate that the British museum received in 2017, and which includes photographs, digital archives, negatives, cameras and handwritten diaries by Tim Hetherington (1970-2011).

The journalist died at the age of 41, in April 2011, in Libya, victim of a mortar fire in the besieged city of Misrata that also killed photojournalist Chris Hondros, from Getty Images.

In 2007, Hetherington won the prestigious World Press Photo Award for a series of photographs of United States soldiers in Afghanistan, which shows the soldiers in action, but also in barracks and in leisure time.

The work also resulted in the documentary "Restrepo", winner of the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and nominated for the Academy Award for best documentary.

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