Lynsey Addario

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Lynsey Addario
Born (1973-11-13) November 13, 1973 (age 44)
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison
Occupation Photojournalist
Spouse(s) Paul de Bendern
Awards MacArthur Fellowship

Lynsey Addario (born November 13, 1973) is an American photojournalist. Her work often focuses on conflicts and human rights issues, especially the role of women in traditional societies.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Addario was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, United States;[2] her parents were Italian-American hairdressers.[3] She graduated from Staples High School, in Westport, Connecticut, in 1991[4] and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995.[4] She began photographing professionally in 1996 with, as she says, "no professional photographic training" when she started at the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina,[4] and then began freelancing for the Associated Press, with Cuba as a focus.[citation needed]

In 2000, she photographed in Afghanistan under Taliban control.[3] She has since covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, Republic of the Congo, and Haiti.[5] She has covered stories throughout the Middle East and Africa.[6] Starting in August 2004, she visited Darfur and neighboring Chad several times.[7][8]

She has photographed for The New York Times,[9] The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic.[10]

In Pakistan on May 9, 2009, Addario was involved in an automobile accident while returning to Islamabad from an assignment at a refugee camp. Her collar bone (clavicle) was broken, another journalist was injured, and the driver was killed.[11]

Addario was one of four New York Times journalists who were missing in Libya from March 16–21, 2011. The New York Times reported on March 18, 2011 that Libya had agreed to free her and three colleagues: Anthony Shadid, Stephen Farrell and Tyler Hicks.[12] The Libyan government released the four journalists on March 21, 2011.[13] She reports that she was threatened with death and repeatedly groped during her captivity by the Libyan Army.[14]

In November 2011, The New York Times wrote a letter of complaint on behalf of Addario to the Israeli government, after allegations that Israeli soldiers at the Erez Crossing had strip-searched and mocked her and forced her to go through an X-ray scanner three times despite knowing that she was pregnant.[15] Addario reported that she had "never, ever been treated with such blatant cruelty."[16] The Israeli Defence ministry subsequently issued an apology to both Addario and The New York Times.[17]

The extensive exhibition In Afghanistan[18] at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway has her photos of Afghan women juxtaposed with Tim Hetherington's photographs from American soldiers in the Korangal Valley.


Addario is married to Paul de Bendern, a journalist with Reuters. They married in July 2009.[19][20] They have one son, Lukas (born 2011).[21]

Publication by Addario[edit]

  • It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War. New York: The Penguin Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1594205378.



  1. ^ "Lynsey Addario - MacArthur Foundation". 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Lynsey Addario". National Geographic Italia. 2011-04-06. Archived from the original on 20 February 2015. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  3. ^ a b "War's Eyewitness: A Conversation with Photojournalist Lynsey Addario", Men's Journal, not dated. (The URI suggests 5 February 2015.) Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Photojournalist Lynsey Addario Wins $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship". National Press Photographers Association. September 22, 2009. Archived from the original on September 27, 2009. Addario, 35 [as of September 2009], based in Istanbul.... 
  5. ^ "Lynsey Addario Speaks About Haiti". Prison Photography. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Lynsey Addario". CongoWomen. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  7. ^ "Moving Walls 11 | Documentary Photography Project | Open Society Foundations". 2005-03-09. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  8. ^ "Blog Archive » Lynsey Addario/Vii Network". Darfur/Darfur. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  9. ^ "Lynsey Addario". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Tewfic El-Sawy (2007-09-10). "Lynsey Addario: Darfur". The Travel Photographer. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  11. ^ J.W. Atkins. "Worth a look: Lynsey Addario "On Assignment: Taking Time Out to Heal"". dvafoto. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  12. ^ Kirkpatrick, David (March 18, 2011). "Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists". New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  13. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (21 March 2011). "Freed Times Journalists Give Account of Captivity". New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (March 21, 2011). "Libya Releases 4 New York Times Journalists". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ "Israel apologizes to American journalist for overly intrusive search", Haaretz, November 28, 2011.
  16. ^ "Defence Ministry apologizes to NY Times", Jerusalem Post, November 28, 2011.
  17. ^ "Israel apologizes for treatment of NYT journalist". Boston Globe. AP. November 28, 2011. 
  18. ^ [1] Archived March 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Dunlap, David W. (September 21, 2009). "Behind the Scenes: A MacArthur for Addario". The New York Times. 
  20. ^ [2][dead link]
  21. ^ Addario, Lynsey (January 28, 2015). "What Can a Pregnant Photojournalist Cover? Everything". The New York Times. 
  22. ^ [3]
  23. ^ "Photojournalist Lynsey Addario Wins $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship". September 22, 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  24. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Right at the Edge". September 7, 2008. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 

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