Chris Hondros was already a highly regarded photographer on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He shot heart-rending photos from conflict-riddled zones in Nigeria, Angola and Kosovo. But, after 9/11, the Middle East would become his beat and vault him to fame.
Hondros was in Pittsburgh, on hiatus from his job at Getty Images, when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa., that day. He and Justin Merriman, a photographer pal, raced to the scene. “Chris was frustrated with the access we received,” Merriman told The Post. “So, he got in his car and headed right to New York.”Arriving at Ground Zero within hours, Hondros quickly realized the broader global scope of the story. “A couple days later, somebody told me Chris was on a plane to Pakistan,” said Spencer Platt, a photographer with Getty. “As soon as the airport opened, he was off. That’s how the guy operated.”

Over the next decade, Hondros ducked bullets, drank pina coladas, snapped pictures and captured history. “He looked beyond the chaos of war,” said journalist Greg Campbell. “He focused on people being affected by conflicts. He found humanity.”

Now, the lenser — who tragically died seven years ago at age 41 — is the subject of “Hondros,” a documentary opening in theaters Friday and directed by Campbell.

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