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Famed combat photographer Chris Hondros will be honoured with a special tribute exhibition at this year’s CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, in conjunction with Greek Film & Foto Week. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York City native, Hondros was killed on assignment in Libya on April 20, 2011, camera in hand.

Sponsored by the Greek America Foundation, this former BBC journalist will have several of his iconic images on display at the festival, including portraits of a young Liberian soldier from the country’s July 2003 civil war, and a post-war follow-up of the same individual, two years later. Hondros received international recognition for his talents, and also for forming special relationships with his subjects. He sponsored the young man featured in the photographs, and paid for his complete high school tuition.

The photos were selected to reflect the nature of the event, consistent with the Greek America Foundation’s scholarship fund, which also places a high value on the power of youth education. 

Throughout his near two-decade long career, Hondros received dozens of awards, including several nods from Amsterdam’s World Press Photo. Renowned for covering most of the world’s major conflicts since the late 1990s, including wars in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq, Angola, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and more, his work appeared regularly on magazine covers and the front pages of major American newspapers, including The New York Times. At his time of death, he was a senor staff photographer for photo agency, Getty Images.

Read More: A Gallery of Hondros’ Work

Hondros, also a lecturer and international essayist about the power of war, was frequently profiled in publications such as CNN, Newsweek, National Public Radio, and The New York Times, amongst others. 

The exhibition of Hondros’ work, and 25 other Greek photographers as part of Greek Film & Foto Week, will take place in Toronto’s historic Burroughes building, located at 639 Queen Street West. The gallery will open to the public on Sunday, May 6, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and will remain open at those hours until Saturday, May 12, when the showing will close at noon. 

CONTACT, an annual photography festival, takes place across Toronto during the month of May. For more information, check out their website at http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/events/863.  

Joanna Adams writes for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at‏ @nowstarringTO.

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