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Lynsey Addario (born 1975) is an American photojournalist currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Her work often focuses on conflicts and human rights issues, especially the role of women in traditional societies.

Life and work

Lynsey Addario was born in Westport, Connecticut, where she attended Staples High School.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a B.A. in International Relations and Italian in 1995. She began photographing professionally in 1996. After spending time in Argentina at the Buenos Aires Herald, she began freelancing for the Associated Press, with Cuba as a focus. In 2000, she photographed in Afghanistan under Taliban control. She has since covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, and the Congo. She has covered stories throughout the Middle East and Africa. She has visited Darfur or neighboring Chad at least once a month from August 2004. She has photographed for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic, among others.

She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship in 2009. Her work in Talibanistan, Sept. 7, 2008, were part work receiving the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for International Reporting. She won the Getty Images Grant for Editorial photography in 2008 for her work in Darfur. She received the Infinity Award in 2002 by the International Center of Photography.

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.

Addario is married to Paul van Bendern, a journalist with Reuters. They married in July, 2009.


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