Lynsey Addario has been covering conflict, humanitarian crises, and women’s issues around the Middle East and Africa on assignment for The New York Times and National Geographic for more than two decades. Since September 11, 2001, Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya (where she was kidnapped by Gaddafi loyalists), Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, and Syria, and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
In 2015, American Photo magazine named her as one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years. Her numerous awards include a MacArthur fellowship. She was part of The New York Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for international reporting out of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and she won a Polk award for her Ukraine coverage in 2022.
She holds three honorary doctorate degrees, and is the author of bestselling memoir It’s What I Do, which chronicles her personal and professional life as a photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world. In 2018, she released her first solo collection of photography, Of Love and War.