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Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist based in Istanbul, Turkey, where she photographs for National Geographic, The New York Times, The NYT Magazine, Time and Fortune, among other publications. 

Addario began photographing professionally in 1996, with no professional photographic training or studies, for The Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina. She worked there over the course of one year before returning to New York.  In 1997, she began freelancing for the the Associated Press, where she became a consistent contributor for three years.  Throughout her time in New York, Addario completed several overseas self-assignments, with Cuba as her focus.  In 1997, she traveled to Havana, Cuba, to work on a series of photo essays focused on the influence of capitalism on the young generation of Cubans. She returned to Havana in 1998 for the Pope’s visit, and every year thereafter until 2002 in order to document life under one of the last communist regimes. 

In January 2000, Addario moved to New Delhi, India, where she was based for eight months, covering India, Afghanistan under Taliban rule, and Pakistan and Nepal for the The Associated Press and The Boston Globe. While in South Asia, she traveled to India’s main cities and its more remote tribal villages, the Afghan countryside and the capital city of Kabul, and Kathmandu, Nepal. She dedicated much of her work in South Asia to human rights, social issues and women’s issues in the developing world.   

In April 2001, Addario moved her base to Mexico City where she worked for the New York Times covering a myriad of immigration, human rights and social features, while continuing to photograph a steady stream of international features abroad.  After September 11, 2001, she returned to South Asia, where she covered the war in Afghanistan for The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, with a special focus on women’s education since the fall of the Taliban.  

In January 2003, she moved to Istanbul to cover the Middle East. She soon traveled to northern and central Iraq, where she spent almost two years covering the Iraq war for The New York Times. In 2004, she also began her coverage of the ongoing conflict in Darfur, covering Sudanese refugee camps in Chad, chronicling burnt-out, abandoned villages in Darfur, and documenting both internally displaced people and rebel groups in the region. 

Addario’s recent bodies of work include women’s issues in Saudi Arabia for The New York Times; social and political coverage in Iran in 2005; and the wars in Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan.  She has also completed a series on children in countries across Africa for The New York Times and an assignment for National Geographic Magazine.

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