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Lynsey Addario

Spring Fellow
London, England


Lynsey Addario is an award-winning American photojournalist based in London, England where she photographs for the New York TimesNational GeographicTime, NewsweekFortune and other publications. Addario has received numerous awards and distinctions, including a 2009 MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for team reporting for the feature, “Talibanistan,” in the New York Times (September 2008), and the Overseas Press Club of America Oliver Rebbot Award in 2010 for Best Photographic reporting from abroad in magazines for "Veiled Rebellion: Afghan Women" published in National Geographic Magazine.

Addario began photographing professionally in 1996 with no professional training or studies, and started covering conflict and humanitarian issues in 2000, when she traveled to Afghanistan to document life and oppression under the Taliban. She has since covered conflicts in numerous areas around the world, including the Middle East and Africa. She was recently named one of Omagazine’s “Power List of 2010.”

In 1997, Addario began freelancing for the Associated Press, where she became a contributor for three years. Throughout her time in New York, Addario completed several overseas assignments, with Cuba as a major focus.  In 1997, she traveled to Havana to work on a series of photo essays focused on the influence of Capitalism on the young generation of Cubans, and returned to Havana every year thereafter until 2002 to continue documenting life under one of the last communist regimes.  In January 2000, she moved to New Delhi, India, where she was based for eight months, covering human rights, social, and women’s issues in India, Afghanistan (then under Taliban rule), Pakistan, and Nepal for the Associated Press and the Boston Globe.

After September 11, 2001, Addario returned to South Asia, where she has been covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for the New York Times, including features on women’s education since the fall of the Taliban. In 2004, she also began her coverage of the conflict in Darfur, focusing on Sudanese refugee camps in Chad and internally-displaced people and rebel groups.

Addario won the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography in 2008 for her work in Darfur. She was the recipient of the Fuji Award in 2005 at Visa pour Limage for a photo essay on injured American soldiers in Balad, Iraq; The ICP Infinity Award in 2002 by the International Center of Photography; the Soros Foundation 2004 Moving Walls exhibit featuring her work in Darfur; and she was selected as one of the 12 participants in the World Press Photos 11th Joop Swart Masterclass. Addario has also earned awards in the Pictures of the Year International contest, and been featured in the American Photography Competition and Community Arts for several consecutive years.

In Spring 2008, Addario was selected as an Institute Fellow, and commissioned to create portraits of women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the internationally touring exhibition, Congo/Women: Portraits of War, The Democratic Republic of Congo, co-produced by the Institute and Art Works Projects. The exhibition premiered at Columbia College Chicago in February 2009. Since its premiere, the exhibition has traveled to numerous cities across the U.S. and Europe, including: Washington DC; New York; Geneva; London; Oslo; Phoenix; Richmond; St. Petersburg; and Pittsburgh. The international tour continues through 2012, with additional venues in development around the country, as well as in Africa. The exhibition raises awareness of the wide-spread sexual violence facing women and girls in the DRC, through work by award-winning photographers Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, Ron Haviv, and James Nachtwey (www.congowomen.org)

In addition to her current work covering revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, Addario’s  recent published series include: "Hope in the Wreckage" (The New York Times Magazine, July 2012); "Baghdad after the Storm" (National Geographic, July 2011);  “Sudan Referendum” (Newsweek, January 2011); “Afghan Women” (National Geographic, December 2010); Maternal Mortality” (Time, December 2010); “New Arrivals Strain India’s Cities to Breaking Point” (New York Times, November 2010); “Why Egypt’s Outlawed Muslim Brotherhood Still Thrives” (Time, November 2010); “For Female Marines, Tea Comes with Bullets (New York Times, October 2010). She has photographed for several features in The New York Times Magazine, including: “Karzai in his Labyrinth” (August 2009); “Talibanistan in Pakistan’s North Western Frontier Province and the Tribal Areas” (September 2008, Pulitzer Prize for Team Reporting); “Battle Company and the War in Afghanistan” (February 2008); as well as “Bhutan’s Enlightened Experiment” (March 2008) for National Geographic Magazine. Addario received a BA at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, where she graduated with Honors, and speaks English, Spanish and Italian.  www.lynseyaddario.com