Chris Hondros was born in 1970 in New York to immigrant Greek and German parents, both survivors of World War II. After studying English Literature at North Carolina State and receiving a Masters degree at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communications, Hondros returned to New York to concentrate on international reporting. He’s covered most of the world’s major conflicts since the late 1990s, including the wars in Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the West Bank, Iraq, and Liberia. He is a senior staff photographer for Getty Images, the largest photography company in the world, and his work frequently is published in leading newspapers and magazines, including dozens of front pages for The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.
Hondros’s images have received dozens of awards, including 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 2004 Hondros was a Nominated Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for his work in Liberia, and in 2006 he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal, war photography’s highest honor, for his work in Iraq.
In addition to his photography, Hondros is a frequent essayist on issues of war, and is a regular contributor to the Virginia Quarterly Review, Editor and Publisher, and The Digital Journalist magazine, and is Contributing Editor at the Fort Collins Weekly newspaper in Colorado. Hondros and his work have been profiled by Smithsonian magazine, National Public Radio, American Photo, Current Biography, CNN, The New York Times, and Newsweek.