Lynsey Addario: A Conflict Photographer Whose Life is Marked by Love and War


Lynsey Addario is a 41-year-old photojournalist who has taken her camera into virtually ever major theater of war in the 21st century. She has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, the Congo, Haiti, and Libya (she was one of the four NYTimes journalist kidnapped in Libya in 2011).

In addition to documenting wars for the world to see, Addario is passionate about human rights and the topic of women’s roles in traditional societies.

The photographer has just published a new memoir about her life and work, titled “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.” In the book, Addario shares what it has been like to spend the last 15 years of her life witnessing the cost of war as one of the world’s top photojournalists.

Addario has given a number of interviews recently that also provide an inspiring glimpse into her photography. Here’s a 4-minute one published by TIME:

Here’s a 45-minute interview she did with NPR‘s Fresh Air:

Finally, here’s a 25-minute talk Addario gave in early 2014 at National Geographic Live! about using her photography to provide insights into the lives of people struggling to survive in conflict zones (warning: there’s some mature content):