MacArthur Genius Grant winner Lynsey Addario's relentless pursuit of complex truths drive this heart-pounding and inspirational memoir of a photographer's life.
Lynsey Addario is just finding her way as a young photographer when the events of September 11, 2001, change 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 will 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 in photography a way to travel with a purpose, and It's What I Do is the story of that singular calling--how it shapes and drives her life and how it changes the lives of others. She captures virtually every major theater of war of the twenty-first century and from it creates a historical document of truth on the international conflicts that have made and remade our world. She photographs the Afghan people before and after Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, and the burned villages and the countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting inside story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.
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 profession, 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 even more 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 more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines--it is witness to the human cost of war.
©2015 Lynsey Addario (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I felt like I was right there with her, I was so caught up in the book that I didn't mind my commute home. I was also listening while running and ended up running much further than planned because I had to hear what was going to happen next. As a photojournalist Lynsey chased the story, and reported what she saw regardless of how she thought things should be. In other words she sought the truth and dug deeper below the surface, and didn't just take pictures portraying her preconceived idea. I doubt many people would do what she did. I kept finding myself thinking "who does this", then I remember that our troops go in to these dangerous places every day. I'm glad that people like Lynsey are there to document their story and to immortalize those who gave their life fighting for freedom.
When Lynsey was reunited with her husband after being captured in Libya, I cried. I was so relieved for her!
I highly recommend this book. If you have ever wondered what journalists are doing in war zones, this book answers those questions and it provides more insight in to what they go through as a result. It also tells more of a personal story of our soldiers who risk their lives in the name of freedom but also how it impacts the civilians in war torn nations. Her visual language is so incredible I almost heard the bombs go off. Outstanding work!
Linsey's book explores both the deeply personal challenges of working as a conflict photographer as well as the technical and creative challenges of telling stories of conflict in an honest and unflinching manner. As a woman working in conflict zones some of the stories that she tells brought this reader to tears. Sometimes the tears are for the people whose suffering she is tasked with documenting. Sometimes the tears are for the loved ones who also pay a price for loving someone whose work is emotionally straining as well as profoundly important. Linsey grapples with the internal drive that compels her to push her own boundaries finding and telling these stories and often wondering whether this story will be her last. For anyone interested in understanding the blood, sweat and tears that go into the creation of images that illuminate the ragged edges of our world, Linsey lets us peer deep into her heart on every page. A must-read for photographers.
This is a solid addition to my audio list.
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This is not about Photo Composition or Exposure. Its an engaging read about the perils faced by journalists, specifically, female journalists, in trouble spots around the Globe. Even though I bought this for composition and exposure, I will still recommend, her stories of traveling around the globe,her kidnappings, romances and hardships in war torn rejoins sufficed.
Ms Addario has compiled a superbly readable eye opener about hideousness of war. Her straight from the heart account opened my eyes to the brutality of war without gratuitous war scenarios that might interest to someone that finds battle scenes intriguing. That wouldn't be me!
I feel she got the loss and destruction of war across as well as the emotional consequences that maybe come a burden for generations.
Thank you Lynsey Addario. Hopefully many people will read this memoir and ask questions of just how important is brutalizing and destruction.
Amazingly, I also have three sisters and their names are Leslie, Lisa and Lindsay. I thank Lynsey Addario for her intimate and courageous account of her experience and utter bravery. She quite nearly brought me to tears several times.
When Lynsey calls Elizabeth and she cannot stop crying. It is just amazing how moving her memories and visual history are, and that they both fuel and haunt her.
It really felt like the voice of the author. Personal, professional, and collected. Like someone able to be stoic, and able to clearly and without bias present the account as factual. Lynsey ended up seeming incredibly honest because of Tavia's performance.
The whole autobiography is really moving and inspirational. What it's like for a woman, a journalist on the front lines of war. I think sometimes, what little knowledge and insight men have with regard to the strength of women.
If you're ever looking for purpose in what you do, then try to invoke Lyndey's spirit. I hope that it will help you, the reader.
Lynsey captures the life of a working photographer graphically, truthfully, and intelligently. If you are a working photographer you will love this book. It is difficult at times because of the graphic nature of the conflicts she covers, but it is well worth reading
I found this story very sad and disturbing in ways. I just didn't know these things went on. I found it very interesting what journalist are willing to go through and how much it means to them. It gives me the drive to find my passion.
I would recommend this book for anyone interested in learning what it's being what it is to be a photojournalist in a time of war. Really great!
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I found this true story to be a very interesting and compelling listen. It gave me a great deal to think about. Lynsey Addario describes herself as a conflict photojournalist. She is an intense, career-driven woman who is fearless and intrepid and will not let anything stand in the way of her being able to cover international crisis, conflict and war, certainly not the fact that she is a woman in a mostly male profession, certainly not that she is very pregnant. That last fact gave me pause for concern and for a great deal of thought about how much things have changed since I was first entering the job world. It appears today's woman has many more opportunities, and as a result, different priorities and a different outlook on what is really important.
If you sense a hint of disapproval in my words, I am aware of this and trying to be open-minded and understanding of the differences in opportunities that are available to today's woman. And with these opportunities must come a whole new assessment of what has priority and what comes first in one's life.
The narration is perfectly adequate and fits the story well.
This is a book I would recommend without hesitation. Audible gives an excellent description of what to expect. Apparently, Spielberg has bought the rights and intends to make Lynsey's story into a movie. Thumbs up, I say!
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