bangkok: infidel

© tim hetherington

tim hetherington [1970-2011] was an acclaimed british photographer and filmmaker. while covering the civil war in libya in 2011 he was tragically killed in a mortar attack on the front lines at misrata. he was just 40 years old. wtf gallery's creative director christopher wise and hetherington had planned to exhibit images from the latter's book infidel in bangkok in november 2011. this was to be an installation of the best images and themes from the publication, pasted directly onto the gallery walls, in the same way american soldiers in afghanistan plastered the walls of their outpost with images of wives and friends, or favorite pages from gun, girly and car magazines. after being postponed the exhibition opens today at wtf gallery [6pm-9pm].

it features an intimate series of photographs - shot in 2007-2008 - of a small battalion of u.s. soldiers, posted in the remote and one of korengal valley in afghanistan, one of most violent postings in the war against the taliban. rather then focusing on the high level of fighting, hetherington chose to explore the lives of the young soldiers and observed the daily rituals, the brotherhood and male vulnerability as much as he shows bravery and horrors of war. the show is complemented by three related screenings, one of which is a documentary film tribute to tim hetherington directed by his friend sebastian junger [on through jun 2]. location: 7 sukhumvit soi 51 [sukhumvit].

© tim hetherington