No newspaper article is worth dying for.
But in the opening of New York Times photojournalist Lynsey Addario’s heart-stopping new memoir, It’s What I Do, it seems like that’s exactly what is about to happen. In March 2011, Addario endured the unthinkable: She was kidnapped by Libyan rebels, beaten and held captive for nearly a month. (May we never complain again about a bad day at work.)
Addario, who was awarded a MacArthur “genius grant” this year, is a Pulitzer Prize winner who has covered every major conflict since September 11--Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, the Congo and Lebanon. It’s dangerous work for anyone; doing it successfully as a woman is nearly unprecedented.
Addario is frank about the challenges she has faced: putting her career before her personal life, struggling to be taken seriously in a male-dominated profession, constant fear of sexual assault.
But Addario’s gender has also given her a different perspective. She has been able to gain access to communities of women that male photojournalists wouldn’t have been able to cover, giving us a picture of war that we may never have seen otherwise.
We’ve long been awed by Addario’s talent and bravery. After reading her captivating memoir, we’re adding candor and humor to the list as well.