Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist based in Istanbul, Turkey, where she works for National Geographic, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Fortune, and other publications. She was born on November 13, 1973, in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Addario graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1995 with a B.A. degree in international relations. With no professional photography training, she began photographing in 1996 for the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina, where she worked for one year before returning to her home base in New York. In 1997, she began freelancing for the Associated Press, where she was a regular contributor for three years. While in New York, she completed several overseas projects, including traveling to Havana to work on a series of photo essays about the influence of capitalism on young Cubans. She returned to Cuba the following year for Pope John Paul II's visit and every year thereafter until 2002, documenting life under one of the last communist regimes.
In January 2000, she moved to New Delhi, where she was based for eight months, covering India, Afghanistan under Taliban rule, Pakistan, and Nepal for the Associated Press, the Boston Globe, and the Houston Chronicle. In April 2001, Addario moved to Mexico City, where she worked primarily for the New York Times while continuing to photograph a steady stream of international features outside the country. After the events of September 11, 2001, she returned to South Asia, where she covered the war in Afghanistan and the resulting women's education issues there.
Addario moved to Istanbul to cover the Middle East in January 2003. The following month, she traveled to northern and central Iraq, where she spent almost seven months covering the war for several magazines. She continued her Iraq coverage for the New York Times until early 2005 while simultaneously covering the ongoing conflict in Darfur. Since 2004, she has traveled to the troubled area several times, maneuvering around the Sudanese refugee camps in Chad and through burned-out, abandoned villages in Darfur, where she documented internally displaced people and rebel groups. In 2004, she also extended her coverage of the Middle East to women's issues in Saudi Arabia, while shooting other features in Turkey, Libya, South Africa, and Lebanon.
She recently completed a series on infant mortality, juvenile justice, sexual assault of minors, malnutrition, and education in countries across Africa for the New York Times.
Addario has won a number of awards, including a 1999 Award of Excellence from Pictures of the Year. In March 2002, Photo District News magazine named her one of the 30 best emerging photographers in the world. That year, the International Center of Photography presented her with the Infinity Award as Young Photographer of the Year.
Her photo essays and single images from Iraq, Mexico, and Pakistan have been featured in the American Photo Annual "Best Of" editions in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Her work earned her a coveted place in a World Press Master Class in Amsterdam. And in 2005, she was honored as a Fuji Young Photographer in Perpignan, France. Addario is also a recipient of the Soros Foundation Grant.