University of Pittsburgh
February 3, 2008

University of Pittsburgh to Present Lecture, "Walking Into a War Zone: Global Conflict in Images," By Getty Photographer Chris Hondros

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh will host a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist Chris Hondros, at 4 p.m. Feb. 7, Room 501, Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The free and public lecture, titled "Walking Into a War Zone: Global Conflict in Images," will chronicle Hondros' experience photographing many of the major global conflict zones, including Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Lebanon, Liberia, and Iraq.

His photographic work frequently appears in the media, including profiles by CNN, "The Boston Globe," "NPR," "Smithsonian magazine," and the "Virginia Quarterly Review." His photography has appeared on the covers of such magazines as "Newsweek" and "The Economist," and on the front pages of most major American newspapers, including "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," and the "Los Angeles Times."

Hondros is a recipient of the U.S. Agency for International Development Photojournalism grant and completed a Pew Fellowship for International Reporting at Johns Hopkins University. His awards include multiple honors from World Press Photo in Amsterdam, the National Pictures of the Year Competition, the Visa Pour L'Image in France, and the John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club in New York. In 2004, Hondros was a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for his work in Liberia, and in 2006, was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal, war photography's highest honor, for "exceptional courage and enterprise" for his work in Iraq.

Hondros earned his master's degree in photojournalism at Ohio University's School of Visual Communications. He is a photographer for Getty Images, an international photo agency, and has completed 10 tours of Baghdad.

The lecture is cosponsored by the Pitt's Global Studies Program in the University Center for International Studies, Film Studies Program, and PITT ARTS, with additional support from Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

For more information, contact the Global Studies Program at 412-624-2918.