Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario photographed in Nairobi

Lynsey Addario

American Photojournalist

“Photojournalism could be a marriage between international relations and art: telling stories with pictures.” (Addario, February 2015)

Born: Connecticut, United States, 1973.

Education:  B.A. degree in International Relations. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995.

Awards: 1999 Award of Excellence from Pictures of the Year. 2002  International Center of Photography  Infinity Award as Young Photographer of the Year, Fuji Young Photographer 2005, Perpignan, France. World Press Master Class, Amsterdam. 2009, Awarded the Pulitzer Prize as part of the New York Times team for International Reporting. 2010 MacArthur Fellowship. Author of NYT bestseller memoir ‘It’s What I do’

Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist who has covered some of the most pressing conflicts and humanitarian crises of the 21st century. What attracted me most to her work is her ability to render  events such as those in Afghanistan, Darfur, Iraq, and elsewhere in startling and unexpected ways depicting the underlying realities of war. Her photographs reveal both the cruelties that have been perpetrated as well as the dignity and humanity of the victims.



A regular theme in Lynsey Addario’s work is capturing the lives of women in male-dominated societies and  the daily struggles for civilians  living in war zones.

The photograph below shows survivors of gender-based violence in the Congo  intended to increase awareness of the ongoing human rights abuses taking place there.


I admire Lynsey Addario’s dedication, her extreme determination and courage in the face of adversity. I find her photographs poignant, moving and inspirational. What is also fascinating is the story behind each and every photo and the story behind the photographer herself.

Lynsey Addario stands at only 5ft 1 but her presence and stature cannot be ignored. An intrepid pioneer in the work of women photojournalists she is a truly remarkable women. This short resumé does not even scratch the surface of the things she has achieved.

“No matter what kind of story you’re trying to tell, you have to get in there and be very intimately involved with your subjects. You have to care. Sometimes I meet photographers who don’t have that empathy, and I wonder how they can make good pictures. I think it’s very important to get close emotionally and physically.” (Addario  in “Witnessing War’s Horrors Through a Camera Lens”, by

Although Lynsey Addario is better known as a war photographer she has worked on some amazing projects: more recently “Behind the Scenes With Shimon Peres” in September 2016. I think the photos speak for themselves.

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