Lynsey Addario

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.

Portrait of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Lynsey Addario/VII Network, for The New York Times
Portrait of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Lynsey Addario/VII Network, for The New York Times

Studying at the Mirwais Mena School for Girls, Lynsey Addario/VII Network, for The New York Times

Studying at the Mirwais Mena School for Girls, Lynsey Addario/VII Network, for The New York Times

Lynsey Addario, BASRA, IRAQ.  An Iraqi woman walks through a plume of smoke rising from a massive fire at a liquid gas factory as she searches for her husband in the vicinity of the fire in Basra, Iraq, May 26, 2003.

Lynsey Addario, BASRA, IRAQ. An Iraqi woman walks through a plume of smoke rising from a massive fire at a liquid gas factory as she searches for her husband in the vicinity of the fire in Basra, Iraq, May 26, 2003.

Lynsey Addario, KORENGAL VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN.  American soldiers with the 173rd Division, Battle Company, on a battalian-wide mission in the korengal valley to look for caves and weapons caches and known anti-coalition leaders. Front left: Sgt. John Clinard, and right, Jay Liske, and other soldiers from Battle Company, carry the body of Sgt Larry Rougle, of Utah, towards the medevac helicopter along the abascar ridge in the mountains of Kunar.  Rougle was killed less than an hour prior while their unit, a scout team, was standing guard at the furthest tip of a ridge, and was ambushed by the Taliban.   Two other soldiers were shot and wounded: Sgt. Kevin Rice and spc. Carl Vandeberge, and were medevaced out for surgery minutes before.  October 23, 2007.

Lynsey Addario, KORENGAL VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN. American soldiers with the 173rd Division, Battle Company, on a battalian-wide mission in the korengal valley to look for caves and weapons caches and known anti-coalition leaders. Front left: Sgt. John Clinard, and right, Jay Liske, and other soldiers from Battle Company, carry the body of Sgt Larry Rougle, of Utah, towards the medevac helicopter along the abascar ridge in the mountains of Kunar. Rougle was killed less than an hour prior while their unit, a scout team, was standing guard at the furthest tip of a ridge, and was ambushed by the Taliban. Two other soldiers were shot and wounded: Sgt. Kevin Rice and spc. Carl Vandeberge, and were medevaced out for surgery minutes before. October 23, 2007.

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