Photography On The Front Line

American Photo: Through her lens Lynsey Addario tells the stories of victims of violence.

Chang Lee

Chang Lee

Lynsey Addario was on location in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003 when she photographed an Iraqi man who brought his wounded son to an American base for care. Chang Lee’s photograph of Addario is witness to her fearlessness and ability to get close to her subjects.Chang Lee
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Addario had spent six days along the Abas Ghar ridge while embedded with a battle company patrolling the area in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. She took this picture following an ambush that killed a young soldier. The soldiers’ somber faces stand out in relief against the unforgiving landscape, emphasizing the unreality of life in wartime.Lynsey Addario
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On assignment for The New York Times Magazine in a Taliban compound in Afghanistan, Addario was able to photograph with more freedom than she could on the streets of tribal villages. This image of a truckload of heavily armed young fighters illustrated the 2008 story, "Right at the Edge," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.Lynsey Addario
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Addario traveled around Darfur in 2004 with a rebel group to see how civilians were suffering at the hands of the government. To get this shot, she spent 10 minutes flat on her stomach, waiting for someone to walk past to add a human element to the scene of devastation.Lynsey Addario
Chang Lee

Chang Lee

Lynsey Addario was on location in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003 when she photographed an Iraqi man who brought his wounded son to an American base for care. Chang Lee’s photograph of Addario is witness to her fearlessness and ability to get close to her subjects.Chang Lee
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Close-Up: Lynsey Addario Training: Started shooting as a teenager, picked up darkroom rudiments from a family friend in high school, then learned on the job as a stringer for the Associated Press. Inspired By: Her subjects and her desire to document their stories. Accolades: In addition to the MacArthur, she won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting as part of The New York Times team and the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography in 2008 for her work in Darfur, Sudan. Best Advice: Get out there and do it. Hone skills through experience.