War photographer Tim Hetherington, center, is assisted by Libyan rebels as he climbs down a building after gunshots rang out from inside by loyalist forces on April 20, hours before he was killed while covering the conflict. (PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)
Ironically, two days after the Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, we are hearing of the death of one such photojournalist and serious injury to another: Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros.
Chris Hondros' name might not be familiar to our readers, but his work is. His Getty photos from around the world, most recently from Libya, have been on our pages almost every day for weeks.
Recently, Miami-based Getty photographer and former Sun Sentinel staffer Joe Raedle was held prisoner in Libya, and before him, four more -- including The New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks.
Two very well-known and respected photographers, Joao Silva and Emilio Morenatti, suffered grave injuries working in Afghanistan.
An upcoming movie, the "Bang Bang Club" is about Silva and three of his colleagues, who cut their teeth covering South African strife in the 1980s.
In Vietnam, Robert Capa and Larry Burrows were among many who paid the ultimate price. Former AP photo editor Horst Fass published a fantastic book of photos by the fallen Vietnam-era shooters.
John Hoagland, who covered the wars in Central America, was killed in El Salvador in 1984. His son Eros continues to cover conflict throughout the world.
AP photographer Hansi Krauss was stoned to death in Somalia.
A popular saying during World War I, made famous by U.S. Sen. Hiram Johnson, was: "The first casualty when war comes is truth."
With today's ability to send photos via satellite phone or cellphone within minutes of the action happening, I believe truth is probably more evident and available then ever before.
But sadly, such truth always carries a high price.