New York-based journalist Sebastian Junger is the author of "The Perfect Storm", "Fire" and "A Death in Belmont". His most recent bestseller, "WAR" (twelvebooks.com) chronicles one platoon's deployment in Afghanistan's deadly Korengal Valley.
Junger first reported from Afghanistan in 1996 and was one of the last Westerners to accompany legendary guerrilla fighter Ahmed Shah Massoud during his war against the Taliban in the fall of 2000. One year later Junger returned to Afghanistan to witness the overthrow of the Taliban and the beginning of American and NATO involvement in that country.
Human rights issues have been the main focus of Junger's overseas reporting since his first trip to Bosnia in 1993. His Vanity Fair report on war crimes prosecutions in Kosovo ("The Forensics of War") won him a National Magazine Award for Reporting in 1999. He has reported for Vanity Fair Magazine from many war zones across the world: he was trapped in Monrovia during the Liberian civil war in 2003, caught in Sierra Leone during the civil war of 2000, and briefly held by "oil rebels" in the Niger Delta in 2006. He has also won an Alfred I. duPont Broadcast Award for his cinematography while embedded with American soldiers for ABC News.
Tim Hetherington, award winning photographer and documentary filmmaker is the co-producer and co-director of "Restrepo" with Sebastian Junger, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. His latest publishing project is "Infidel", an intimate portrait of a single U.S. platoon stationed in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. The images were made over the course of one year while Hetherington and Junger were filming "Restrepo".
Hetherington has reported on conflict and human rights issues for more than ten years. He was the only photographer to live behind rebel lines during the 2003 Liberian civil war - work that culminated in the film "Liberia: an Uncivil War" and the book "Long Story Bit by Bit : Liberia Retold" (Umbrage 2009), and his work for Human Rights Watch to uncover civilian massacres on the Chad / Darfur border in 2006 appeared in the documentary "The Devil Came on Horseback".
He is the recipient of four World Press Photo awards, including the World Press Photo of the Year (2007), and an Alfred I. duPont Award in broadcast journalism while on assignment with Sebastian Junger for ABC News (2009). A native of the UK, he is lives in New York and is a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair.