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It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War (Paperback)

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Through photographs and open, honest writing, Lynsey Addario’s memoir provides a unique lens that looks both outward with empathy for those in war-ravaged regions like Iraq, Libya and the Congo, and inward at her own drive and struggle to become a premier photojournalist in a traditionally fraternal profession. To understand her life and to see the world through her eyes is a rare gift and a captivating read.

— Melinda, Head Book Buyer

In the pursuit of truth and its exposure, photojournalist Lynsey Addario is always trying to get closer to the place where truth is happening. For a photographer documenting war-torn Libya, the lives of women under Taliban rule, or the effect of violence in Congo, that very often means putting herself in mortal danger. This memoir is blunt and intense (Addario is, at heart, an adrenaline junkie and adventure addict), raising questions of journalistic ethics and how one can truthfully, respectfully document others’ lives and deaths.

— Julia


"An unflinching memoir . . . that] offers insight into international events and the challenges faced by the journalists who capture them." --The Washington Post

War photographer Lynsey Addario's memoir is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It's her work, but it's much more than that: it's her singular calling.

Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She decides to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

Addario finds a way to travel with a purpose. She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.

As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys' club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and her career, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance. In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an all the more intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life.

Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of societies. It's What I Do is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it is witness to the human cost of war.

About the Author

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist whose work appears regularly in The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time magazine. She has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, and the Congo, and has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Genius Grant. In 2009, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize as part of the New York Times team for International Reporting.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143128410
ISBN-10: 0143128418
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English


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