The Dangerous and Incredible Life of a War Photographer

Lynsey Addario has lived an incredible life and endured many harrowing experiences through her work. This fascinating video interview features her discussing her life, work, and experiences.

VICE produced this excellent video featuring Lynsey Addario answering questions about her life and career. Addario is a 46-year-old photojournalist with an unbelievable resume, which includes a Getty Images grant, MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize, Emmy Award, and an honorary doctorate, just to name a few. Her work frequently focuses on both war and human rights, with some of her most well-known being her coverage of women in religious societies and childbirth. Addario has been kidnapped twice in her career, but has continued to work in conflict zones. She is currently based in London and works for National Geographic, the New York Times, and other major publications. I was truly amazed by her story, as her work is both deep and powerful, but to hear just how much she has been through and how she has nonetheless produced astounding imagery and remained undeterred (and perhaps even further motivated) by the experiences is incredible. It is well worth taking the eight minutes to hear the interview; check out the video above for her story. 

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She also wrote a great book, "It's What I Do" that covers all of this in much greater detail.

Alex Cooke's picture

Thanks for the tip! I'm going to grab a copy!

Eric Salas's picture

Just men and women doing a job.
I’m currently deployed (for the third time) so yea, I’m more than qualified to make that statement.

Rob Davis's picture

It is a unique job, but it is important to remember that these are just everyday men and women doing extraordinary things. A good reminder we all have untapped capabilities waiting for an opportunity. Thank you for your service. I will keep you in my prayers.

I wish she had either left off the comment about Trump or expanded on it, to understand better the source of her particular animus.

Timothy Gasper's picture

I'm a disabled Vietnam vet. I was captured and tortured and came 5 minutes from being put on a spit. Thank God I was able to escape. Seen far too many horrors which still affect me today. On one run we found a soldier who was propped up against a tree. They nailed a note to his forehead which said....'Welcome to Vietnam'. He had a camera hanging around his neck. Don't know if he was a war correspondent, but.....well the hell with it.

Thank you and I'm glad you made it out.