For the last 30 years, Alaska Quarterly Review has been a quiet giant in the Alaska arts scene -- it has earned praise and accolades not only for itself but for many of its author and poet contributors. On Wednesday at the Anchorage museum, AQR will unveil its latest achievement, a collection of photographs from 68 well-known contributors commemorating the one-year anniversary of the deaths of renowned photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, killed on April 20, 2011 while on assignment during the overthrow of Moammar Qaddafi in Libya.
The special project, titled “Liberty and Justice (For All): A Global Photo Mosaic,” is a powerful collection of images, chronicling personal and political conflicts around the world, from the U.S. to Pakistan to the Democratic Republic of Congo and many more. Some of the images are uplifting, some are violent, many are haunting.
The talent includes everyone from Pulitzer Prize winners to Alaskan photographers. Benjamin Spatz -- son of AQR editor Ronald Spatz and who guest-edited the special section -- said that all the contributors reacted with “incredible enthusiasm” when contacted about the project, which he said reflects the values that Hetherington and Hondros.
“One of the things that Tim and Chris did was really inspire young photographers and everyone to find their own voice,” Ben said.
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