Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist based in Istanbul, where she freelances for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune and National Geographic, among other publications.
With no professional training or studies, Ms. Addario began photographing in 1996 for The Buenos Aires Herald, where she worked for one year before returning to New York. In 1997, she began freelancing for The Associated Press, where she became a consistent contributor for three years. While in New York, Ms. Addario completed several overseas self-assignments, focusing on Cuba. She traveled to Havana to work on a series of photo essays on the influence of capitalism on young Cubans; she returned to Cuba in 1998 for the visit of Pope John Paul II, and every year thereafter until 2002 to continue documenting life under the regime of Fidel Castro.
In January 2000, she moved to New Delhi, where she was based for eight months, covering India, Afghanistan under Taliban rule, Pakistan and Nepal for the Associated Press, The Boston Globe and The Houston Chronicle. Most of her work then focused on human rights and social and women’s issues. In April 2001, Ms. Addario moved to Mexico City, where she worked primarily for The Times while continuing to photograph a steady stream of international features outside Mexico. After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, she returned to South Central Asia, where she covered the war in Afghanistan and women’s education after the fall of the Taliban. That year she also covered myriad immigration, human rights and social features in Mexico for The Times and The Times Magazine.
In January 2003, she moved to Istanbul to cover the Middle East. In February, she traveled to northern and central Iraq, where she spent almost seven months covering the Iraq war for The Times, The Times Magazine and Time magazine. She continued working in Iraq, covering the aftermath of the war for The Times until early 2005, while also beginning her coverage of the ongoing conflict in Darfur in August 2004. Since 2004, Ms. Addario has traveled to Darfur and Chad several times, visiting the Sudanese refugee camps in Chad and burnt-out, abandoned villages in Darfur, documenting internally displaced people and the rebel groups in Darfur. In 2004, she also extended her coverage of the Middle East to women’s issues in Saudi Arabia for The Times and Time magazine, while shooting other features in Turkey, Libya, South Africa and Lebanon.
She recently completed a series on children in countries across Africa for The Times, on the infant mortality rate, juvenile justice, sexual assault of minors, malnutrition and education.
In 2009, Ms. Addario was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for masterful, groundbreaking coverage of America’s deepening military and political challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Among other honors, she received a Soros foundation grant to participate in the group exhibition Moving Walls; she was selected as one of 12 participants in the World Press Masterclass, for which she created a body of work and exhibited it at the Amsterdam Photography Museum, FOAM; and in 2002, the International Center of Photography in New York City presented her with its Infinity Award: Young Photographer of the Year.