I am shamed to admit that I have only recently come upon the striking photography of Lynsey Addario. But, better late than never.
I was introduced to her work through the front page photograph and accompanying article in the New York Times Magazine on Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, and was thrilled to see her work again so soon in last week’s magazine article “A School Bus for Shamsia”.
Upon viewing her portrait of President Karzai, my first thoughts were “The Light. The Color. The Access.” Those exclamations persisted as I combed her website, which includes portfolios titled Bhutan, Talibanistan, Darfur, Iraq Medics and Afghanistan Heroin.
She is based in Istanbul, Turkey and has been published in National Geographic, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Time and Fortune. She has photographed in Argentina, Cuba, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Mexico, Iraq, Sudan, Bhutan, Lebanon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Among many other accolades, she received a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 as part of the New York Times team for International Reporting.
Not impressive enough? Oh yea, she’s also a woman. Working successfully in an occupation that’s traditionally dominated by men, photographing many cultures that do not extend equal rights to women. I rest my case.