About us

The Tim Hetherington Trust exists to preserve the legacy of Tim’s professional life as a visual storyteller and human rights advocate. This includes the safe archiving of all physical materials and to manage the intellectual and artistic use of his work, all of which is now held and managed by the Imperial War Museums, UK. The Trust works to advance the application of Tim’s ideas and images in all ways that promote the intellectual integrity of his work and which expand the artistic expression of his vision.

Core to this is the support and nurture of new work that continues the ideals demonstrated by Tim with special emphasis on humanitarian and social concerns. The Tim Hetherington Trust encourages individuals and organizations that continue in Tim's footsteps, highlighting humanitarian and social concerns throughout the world.


Executive Director

​Stephen Mayes has managed the work and careers of top-level photographers and artists in the diverse areas of art, fashion, photojournalism and commercial photography. His career has embraced creative management and critical intervention, business innovation and technological initiatives. During his time as Creative Director of Eyestorm he worked with artists such as Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha, Richard Misrach and others. 

He subsequently worked as Director of the Image Archive with Art + Commerce in New York representing work by Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle, Robert Mapplethorpe and more. He spent several years as Group Creative Director and SVP with Getty Images, and 3 years as CEO of Photonica America, a division of Amana the Japanese photo agency. For five years he worked as CEO of VII Photo Agency a co-operative of world-leading photojournalists, and he maintained an annual assignment as co-Secretary to the World Press Photo competition in Amsterdam from 2004 to 2012. 

Stephen has written, lectured and broadcast extensively on the ethics and realities of photographic practice.



Judith Hetherington

Alistair Hetherington

Piers Dunn