It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War

Afghan Women - Lynsey Addario
Afghan Women – Lynsey Addario

IT’S WHAT I DO: A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LIFE OF LOVE AND WAR

Lynsey Addario

[Penguin Press]

Throughout her memoir, It’s What I Do, photojournalist Lynsey Addario reiterates the reason why she has risked her life – time and again – to capture images in the world’s most dangerous places. Her goal has been to bring awareness to the suffering of the most marginalized people, and to replace ignorance with understanding and compassion. Addario has paid special attention to the lives of women, using her gender to gain access to spaces forbidden to male journalists, photographing women’s hospitals in Afghanistan and women’s madrassas in Pakistan. While her writing style can stray towards cliché, Addario’s stories and two decades of photography bring nuance to areas that the Western media has often presented with broad brushstrokes. From Darfur to Syria, Addario is lucky to have survived when so many of her colleagues have fallen. Her memoir serves as an indictment of the freelance economy, where news organizations offer up small fees for photos that were paid for with blood.

Originally published in Shameless Magazine, 2015.