Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist born in 1973 who has covered all the major international crises of her time, always focusing on human rights, conflict, women’s security, and peace. She’s been publishing several articles in National Geographic, Times Magazine, and the New York Times..., being one of the most admired photojournalists in the world.
In 2015, when Lynsey released her novel “It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War”, Warner Bros acquired the rights to make a Steven Spielberg–a directed film. Later in 2018, this book was published in a lot of countries spreading the message of strength, reality, and courage.
Journalists can sound grandiose when they talk about their profession. Some of us are adrenaline junkies; some of us are escapists; some of us do wreck our personal lives and hurt those who love us most. This work can destroy people. (…) But when I am doing my work, I am alive, and I am me. It’s what I do. I am sure there are other versions of happiness, but this one is mine.
After years of following her work with great admiration, I can say that Lynsey's latest work has particularly surprised me with her amazing presence and reporting of the impacts of climate change. She’s been covering the most recent crisis of the last decades, with strong but beautiful photos toked in Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine, Somalia…etc.
In March 2022, Lynsey covered the Russian invasion of Ukraine, being captured some photos of a Russian mortar bombardment on evacuating residents while reporting from the nearby town of Irpin, which is near Kyiv. This mortal round exploded roughly 20 meters away from the journalists as they watched the Russian army alter their mortar fire to target the civilians: A man who was with them was gravely hurt and ultimately died. A mother and her two children were also killed. She explained that the image is significant historically since it depicts a war crime. The image was released.
Photography has shaped the way I look at the world; it has taught me to look beyond myself and capture the world outside.
In the same year, she won the award: “Courage in Journalism” from the International Women's Media Foundation. With more than other 10 published awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 2009, one of the most important ones in photojournalism, for which she is nominated again this year.
Seeing her photos and reading her book, we learned from each book quote, the simple way she tells how she started photographing in Latin America at such a young age. The way she talks and talks about the role of the family, at the same time the courage and fragility of the woman, as a feminist in the true meaning of the word. Is a kind of sensitiveness and sublimely graphic that is hard to transform into words.
He taught me to stand on a street corner or in a room for an hour—or two or three—waiting for that great epiphany of a moment, the wondrous combination of subject, light, and composition. And something else: the inexplicable magic that made the image dive right into your heart.
Lynsey doesn't hide the difficulties, she tells the detail of the difficulties she went through between leaving pregnant in certain highly vulnerable contexts or being kidnapped in Libya for several days, or even how is even harder to be a photojournalist as a woman.
The courage with which Lynsey lives is visible in her words, in each photo. We are exposed to realities that are impossible to ignore, while she manages to portray the rawness in the purest and most beautiful form of reality. Without fear or any kind of filter, we are surprised by the details of each place that leave our eyes shining and our legs trembling.
But I have faith, as I’ve always had, that if I work hard enough, care enough, and love enough in all areas of my life, I can create and enjoy a full life. I often lived with an aching emptiness inside me. I learned early on that living a world away meant I would have to work harder to stay close to the people I loved.