Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist, who has been covering war and humanitarian crises around the Middle East and Africa on assignment for The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, and Time Magazine for almost two decades. Since September 11, 2001, Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lynsey began photographing professionally in 1996—with no photographic training or studies--for The Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina, where she worked for several months before returning to the United States. She then contributed to the Associated Press in New York for three years before moving to India in 2000 to document injustices against women in South Asia, and the lives of women living in Afghanistan under the Taliban. For almost 15 years, Addario worked consistently in Afghanistan--both embedded with American troops on the frontline and covering the lives of Afghan civilians, and of Afghan women. From 2003-2004, Addario covered the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and its aftermath for The New York Times. In late 2004, Addario turned her attention to Africa, where she covered the conflict in Darfur over six years, making trips every year between 2004 and 2009, and was one of few photographers who photographed in Darfur in the weeks after International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al Bashir on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the genocide in Darfur. From 2006 to 2008, Addario covered the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in 2008, received a grant from the Columbia College of Chicago to document gender-based violence, and rape as a weapon of war for a traveling exhibition, Congo Women. Throughout her career, Addario has continued her work across the Middle East and Africa, with a focus on conflict and post-conflict nations, women’s issues, humanitarian issues, and human rights abuses. In 2009, she began a long-term project on maternal mortality, documenting complications associated with women dying in childbirth, and has focused on Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, India, the Phillipines, Somaliland and the United States. With the start of the war in Syria, Addario has spent more than 7 years documenting the plight of Syrian refugees around the middle east and Europe--from Turkey, to Iraq, to Lebanon, to Germany and Greece, and has also been covering the protracted civil war in Syria.
In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey as one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, saying she changed the way we saw the world's conflicts.
Addario is the recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur fellowship, a Pulitzer Prize, The Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award, and two Emmy nominations. She holds two Honorary Doctorate Degrees for her professional accomplishments from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Bates Collage in Maine, and will receive her third honorary doctorate from the University of York in the United Kingdom in July 2019.
In 2015, Addario wrote a New York Times Best selling memoir, "It's What I Do," which chronicles her personal and professional life as a photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world, and her many near-death experiences while covering conflict—from two kidnappings to a fatal car accident, to a Taliban ambush while with the 173rdAirborne in the Korengal valley. The book was optioned by Warner Brothers to be a feature film. On October 23, 2018, she released her first solo collection of photography, “Of Love and War,” published by Penguin Press.