Not at all cycling related, but last week saw the incredibly sad news that a Getty Images photographer called Chris Hondros passed away after being mortally injured whilst shooting in Misrata, Libya.
Chris was a true talent, whose passion and dedication to capturing such important visual records in various besieged areas of the world - Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Kashmir, provided the world with pictures that spoke more than thousands of words ever could.
My heart goes out to Chris's family and friends. I remember answering a call from him whilst he was in Afghanistan a few years ago, where he was apologising for connection issues and that he was sorry in case we saw corrupted files from him on the picture desk. I could hear from the background noise that he wasn't exactly filing images from a nice quiet office - and I thought it was almost funny this guy was worried about his images getting through when he was filing from such an incredibly hard environment to work in! He was a true professional and his death has touched many at Getty - Although my dealings with the man were limited to that one phone call - I know he will leave a lasting legacy and his images will provide so much inspiration to many photojournalists - young and old alike.