It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

It s What I Do A Photographer s Life of Love and War War photographer Lynsey Addario s memoir It s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty first century has shaped her life Wh

  • Title: It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War
  • Author: Lynsey Addario
  • ISBN: 9781594205378
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Hardcover
  • War photographer Lynsey Addario s memoir It s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty first century, has shaped her life What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others It s her work, but it s much than that War photographer Lynsey Addario s memoir It s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty first century, has shaped her life What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others It s her work, but it s much than that it s her singular calling.Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion She makes a decision she would often find herself making not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.Addario finds a way to travel with a purpose She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline making kidnapping by pro Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.Addario takes bravery for granted but she is not fearless She uses her fear and it creates empathy it is that feeling, that empathy, that is essential to her work We see this clearly on display as she interviews rape victims in the Congo, or photographs a fallen soldier with whom she had been embedded in Iraq, or documents the tragic lives of starving Somali children Lynsey takes us there and we begin to understand how getting to the hard truth trumps fear.As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys club of a profession Rather than choose between her personal life and her career, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an all the intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life.Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society It s What I Do is than just a snapshot of life on the front lines it is witness to the human cost of war.

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    • Will Byrnes says:

      “Sahafi! Media!! He yelled to the soldiers. He opened the car door to get out, and Quadaffi’s soldiers swarmed around him. “Sahafi!” In one fluid movement the doors flew open and Tyler, Steve, and Anthony were ripped out of the car. I immediately locked my door and buried my head in my lap. Gunshots shattered the air. When I looked up, I was alone. I knew I had to get out of the car to run for cover, but I couldn’t move. Click! Lynsey Addario - from CBS NewsYou may not recognize the n [...]

    • Adina says:

      I took time with this wonderful, strong autobiography, reading a few pages/day trying to fully immerse myself in her story and her pictures. I am usually a fast reader and I tend to forget a lot from what I am reading and I did not want it to be the case with this one. As a consequence the review is also quite long, probably the longest I have ever written. Lynsey Addario is and American photojournalist, one of the best at her job. She was member of a team that won the Pulizer prize for a story [...]

    • Diane says:

      I've always admired journalists who cover wars. After reading It's What I Do, I have a better appreciation for just how difficult it is for writers and photographers to report in areas of conflict.Lynsey Addario has had an amazing career as a photojournalist. She's covered conflict in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Darfur, and dozens of other places. She's been kidnapped twice. She's been hunkered down with soldiers during battle. She's had tea with members of the Taliban. The girl gets around."While [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      How many times have I mindlessly flipped through the glossy images of a magazine in a waiting room? Too many timesbut never with the realization I have now. I will never look at a photograph of conflict and war the same way again. It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War documents Lynsey Addario’s experiences as a combat journalist. This memoir presents more of a story than just what she has viewed through her camera though. It also documents her experience as a woman working in a [...]

    • Malia says:

      I so rarely read nonfiction, but this book has me wondering whether I might really be missing out! Addario tells her own story, but in a broader sense that of journalists everywhere, the struggles they face and the rewards, too. We rely so much on journalists, but I have to admit, I do not very often think about where my news is coming from, and especially who took that striking/shocking/unforgettable photo. "It's What I Do" tells a thoughtful and insightful story and for people wary of dry nonf [...]

    • Trish says:

      Lynsey Addario has been a war photographer for at least the past two decades. She has won numerous awards and recognition, including the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Prize, for her work. In this memoir she talks of her development from taking photos to being a Photographer. The experience of reading this book left me so grateful….”grateful for your service,” I suppose. That there are people willing and able to do this kind of work, I am forever grateful. It can be fulfilling and exciting [...]

    • Annina says:

      Ohne Erwartungen startete ich mit diesem Buch und war schon nach wenigen Seiten hingerissen. Mit sehr viel Gefühl gibt uns Lynsey Addario einen Einblick in ihren herausfordernden Alltag. Grossen Respekt für ihre Arbeit.

    • Emma Scott says:

      Absolutely fascinating with enough detail to put you there but not so much as to feel overwhelmed. Deeply humanistic touch to the prose only added to its awesomeness, as did the feminine perspective which made the dangerous locales potentially more sinister. For someone researching what it's like to be a war photojournalist, this book couldn't have been more perfect, but a highly compelling read even to the casual reader. Loved it.

    • Steve says:

      Addario has truly earned and, in that sense, enjoyed a remarkable career, lived a life filled with impressive achievements, and taken extraordinary risks, some of which unsurprisingly led to harrowing, painful, and devastating experiences. Her travels, work, and sacrifices are truly extraordinary.Alas, I found myself constantly frustrated with the book, but I expect that all of my critiques and irritations were self-imposed (and, thus, accordingly, may not distract other readers). The title is e [...]

    • Carol says:

      my own prelude I borrowed this book from my public library. It was purchased with gift funds from our First Selectwoman, Carmen Vance. Carmen started this fund when I worked at Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, CT. I am thankful to see that it continues to add books by, and about women’s issues. The Hook - Memoir allows me to see other people’s worlds, their lives, their hopes, their dreams. These moments of their lives shared in the pages of a book inspire and amaze me, enhancing my [...]

    • Harriet Levin says:

      I am super excited to read this book because Lynsey Addario allowed me to use a photo she took for the cover of my novel, How Fast Can You Run. (amazon/How-Fast-Can-Y) She is a truly a generous person, and in a field dominated by ego. Her work is breathtaking and the photo she allowed me to use has made the cover of my book truly stunning, like owning a work of art. My cover shows a S. Sudanese boy trying to find his mother in the bogs near Bor, S. Sudan in 2013. It is a heartbreaking photo and [...]

    • Megan Treseder says:

      I had to give this up after about 150 pages, which kills me just a little bit to do. But I just couldn't take the author's politics anymore. I expected to hear fascinating stories about being a photojournalist in some very scary and perilous situations. And there was some of that. But there were too many political asides. I get it - you're against the war on terror. Do you have to belabor that every chance you get? She didn't go in depth on the good stuff either - I felt like I was basically rea [...]

    • Kats says:

      I don't remember where I first heard about this memoir but I knew straightaway that I'd be interested in hearing more (as I enjoyed the audio book read by Tavia Gilbert) about Lynsey Addario's life as a photojournalist in conflict and war zones. The journalists in war zones are often the forgotten heroes as they put their lives at risk to report to the wider public what is going on. As we read a newspaper or a magazine we take it for granted that there are visuals accompanying the latest news st [...]

    • Maryam says:

      Journalism is a selfish profession but I still believe in power of its purpose and hoped my family tooThree months after I was born, a war began between Iran and Iraq which lasted for 8 years. I still remember most of those years. I was young and I didn’t live in the cities close to border but still there were bombings, I remember horror of loud sound of red alarm broadcasted through streets by loudspeakers and then calmness brought by hearing green alarm. Still this book showed me much more a [...]

    • Lauren says:

      This riveting memoir will change the way I look at photographs forever. Years of appreciation for the glossy pages in National Geographic, or the special magazine insert of the newspaper, as well as the online galleries attached to major new stories - but did I really stop to think about what went into even *obtaining* this photograph in the first place? More than a passing thought, unfortunately not.Lynsey Addario, an American conflict photojournalist, has changed that.The book begins with a ha [...]

    • Rebecca Foster says:

      Photojournalist Lynsey Addario remembers a decade on the frontline of conflicts in the Middle East and Africa and strives for balance in her work and personal life.Addario was raised by hairdressers in Connecticut and studied international relations. Her photography hobby soon became an obsession. As a freelance photographer for the New York Times and National Geographic, she has lived in Argentina, Mexico, India and Turkey and crafted photo essays on New York’s transgender prostitutes, Congo [...]

    • Christine says:

      I LOVED this book!

    • Daniel Simmons says:

      Five stars for the photographs (brilliant, haunting, gritty, inspiring), but this isn't a photo essay, it's a memoir, and I just wasn't particularly impressed with the writing. (A few times I found myself wishing that one of her journalistic colleagues, like Dexter Filkins, had written a biography of her instead, with Addario's incomparable photos included.) And so while I admire Addario's artistic eye, appreciate her attempt to personalize an incredibly tough job that many newspaper and magazin [...]

    • Heather says:

      I wasn't sure why this book wasn't sitting well with me as I read it until I came across this quote close to the end:"Journalism is a selfish profession."That's the issue I had with this book.  Throughout most of it I felt like the author had little to no empathy for the people whose lives she was invading.  She was there to document their suffering and to get the best picture.  She talks a lot about how stressful her job was and I'm sure it was but she also talks about how she made sure that [...]

    • Jen says:

      Lynsey Addario is an award winning photojournalist who has covered Afganistan under the Taliban, multiple wars, and a variety of other events. This book is her memoir. In it she discusses her development as a photographer and her experiences covering war zones. She was captured twice and was one of 4 New York Times journalists who went missing in Libya in March of 2011. She won a MacArther Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize in 2009. She discusses all of these events in the book.I really enjoyed thi [...]

    • Mainlinebooker says:

      I was really intrigued by the title loving both photojournalism and travel. The strength of this book is her focus on women, and the difficulty of needing to prove herself in a field dominated by men.She artfully discusses how her gender has affected every aspect of balancing her personal and professional life. . Her travelogue explores the exhilarating and demanding aspects of her job showcasing her risky adventures from being beaten, hiking long hours without water with sniper fire abounding, [...]

    • Olena Rosul says:

      * I received the book for free through First Reads (Giveaways). *This book is about a woman photographer who captured war and its consequences for civilians in many contries—Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Libya, ans so on.It is not an easy reading. It is disturbing in many ways. But it is one of the books that must be written and must be read. Because on the very same planet we live, people DO keep killing each other in meaningless wars, and people DO keep suffering from famine, lack of clean wate [...]

    • Elizabeth☮ says:

      When I was in high school, I took a photography class. I began to see the world differently, and for a while, I entertained the idea of being a photojournalist, without really understanding what it meant. But I love National Geographic and I was saddened when Life stop producing a monthly publication. And why is this relevant? Because Addario's depiction of traveling the world and capturing the tumultuous landscape of war gives me a true sense of what life is like as a photojournalist. Addario's [...]

    • Miranda Lynn says:

      It's What I Do is being turned into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, directed by Steven Spielberg!!!Easily one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read!Lynsey's story immediately intrigued me, and I had a very hard time putting this book down. That doesn't happen a lot for me when it comes to the nonfiction genre, so I was very impressed with how well written this was and how interesting her life has been.Being a war photographer has absolutely no appeal to me personally. And Addario's boo [...]

    • Sarah says:

      I want to thank Carol for bringing this book to my attention. It was fascinating to read the story of a female war photographer.I started college as photography major. With the confidence of a know-it-all 18-year-old, I was confident that I would lead an exciting life and travel to where the action was as a New York Times, Washington Post, AP or National Geographic photographer. Things did not turn out as I imagined, but that is a good thing. I have a great job that I love and photography is a w [...]

    • Sarju Shrestha Mehri says:

      What an amazing book. I love reading memoirs. The writer Lyndsey Addario , a war photo journalist not only shares her exquisite pictures but shares her experience as a woman who captured many stories of war in Afghanistan, Libya, Darfur, Iraq and culture of violence against women in Congo.Her drive to capture the effects of war up close and personal through her lenses is riveting. Each of her pictures tells the story of truth, honesty and clarity. As you read each chapter, you will be familiar w [...]

    • Greg Davis says:

      Some describe memoirs as often narcissistic, maybe too liberal use of "I". But that's what they are, personal words about one's life, necessarily subjective. For me, I love them, mostly because I enjoy hearing people freely go on about themselves, what's important to them, how they see the world. To the point, this book was exceptional, in that Ms. Addario spent little time trying to present herself as anyone save who she is, a seasoned, successful professional, driven by an involuntary passion, [...]

    • Elly says:

      I first picked this book up because it was an assignment. I had to write an essay about Addario's experiences in various countries. Normally with assigned reading I absolutely hate it. This one however seemed easier to get through. I'm not going to lie, it is very dense and not very cheery. It isn't the typical book I'd pick up in my free time, but nonetheless, it wasn't the worst book I've read either. The pictures are gorgeous and were the main reason why I wanted to keep reading. And let me t [...]

    • Rachel Rooney says:

      Powerful audiobook. I will have to check out the physical book at some point to see the photos.

    • Carolann says:

      Addario is a photojournalist who has covered war and some of the worst atrocities in the world, going to Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Along the way, she fell in love, got married, and had a child.Addario spent time in Afghanistan covering the plight of Afghan women before September 11. Because she had previous experience in Afghanistan, she was one of the first journalists to go to to Afghanistan after September 11. She was also on the front lines of journalis [...]

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