Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who regularly works for The New York Times, National Geographic, and TIME. Over the past 15 years, Addario has covered every major conflict and humanitarian crises of her generation, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, South Sudan, Somalia, and Congo.
Lynsey recently released 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 soon to be made into a major motion picture later this year, starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Addario has been the recipient of numerous international awards throughout her career, and in 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, writing that “Addario changed the way we saw the world’s conflicts.”
In 2010 Lynsey was named one of 20 women on Oprah Winfrey’s Power List, for her ‘Power of Bearing Witness,’ and one of Glamour’s 20 Women of the Year in 2011. In 2008, Addario received a grant from the United Nations Population Fund and the Ellen Stone Bellic Institute of the Colombia College of Women in the Arts in Chicago to document ‘Rape as a Weapon of War’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lynsey’s recent bodies of work include ‘Finding Home,’ a multi-media documentary series for TIME following three Syrian refugee families and their stateless newborns over the course of one year as they await asylum in Europe, and ‘The Changing Face of Saudi Women’ for National Geographic. Addario has spent the last four years documenting the plight of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq for The New York Times, and she has covered the civil war in South Sudan, and Maternal Mortality in Assam, India, and Sierra Leone for TIME.
Lynsey has worked with numerous foundations and NGOs such as UNHCR, UNICEF, Every Mother Counts and Doctors Without Borders, documenting their social impact efforts. Lynsey also just completed a ‘Real Moms’ campaign for Dove.