Lynsey Addario is a Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer who covers conflict zones across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. She is a regular contributor to National Geographic, The New York Times, andTime magazine.
Addario began her professional career as a photographer in 1996 with little formal training. A few years later, in 2000, she first traveled to Afghanistan to document life under the Taliban regime. She has returned to Afghanistan numerous times and covered conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Libya, where she was among four New York Times journalists kidnapped in 2011. Most recently she has covered the Syrian refugee crisis, the ISIS advance in Iraq, the civil war in South Sudan, and the flow of African and Middle Eastern migrants into Sicily.
Addario has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” grant, the Overseas Press Club’s Oliver Rebbot award for her series “Veiled Rebellion: Afghan Women,” and was part of the New York Times team honored with the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting “for its masterful, groundbreaking coverage of America’s deepening military and political challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
In 2015, American Photo magazine named Addario as one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, for changing the way we see world conflict.
Addario recently released a New York Times best-selling memoir, It’s What I Do, which chronicles her personal and professional life as a photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world.
Using powerful and evocative images, Addario’s program brings the audience to the front lines of geopolitical and human rights struggles plaguing our world today.
Why would anyone willingly plunge headfirst into the war-torn areas of Afghanistan, Darfur, or Libya? For photojournalist Lynsey Addario, the short, simple answer is also the title of her memoir: It’s What I Do. In focusing on humanitarian and human-rights issues, Lynsey has built her career on capturing powerful images in dangerous environments around the world. Despite death threats and kidnappings, she continues photographing pivotal subjects for National Geographic, the New York Times, and Time. Join the Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist as she chronicles her harrowing work and explains what drives her—despite having a family—to keep going back.
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