UCSB Arts Lectures presents world renowned photojournalist Lynsey Addario. Addario will deliver a National Geographic Live multimedia presentation, A Photographer’s Life of Love and War on Saturday, May 13 at 3 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Lynsey Addario is a MacArthur fellow and a courageous photojournalist who documents humanitarian crises for National Geographic, Time magazine and The New York Times. Some of her most recent work includes reports about the plight of Syrian refugees, the ISIS push into Iraq and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. Addario has been listed among Newsweek’s 15o Fearless Women. On the frontlines of reporting Addario has been kidnapped twice—once in Iraq in 2004 and in Libya in 2011. She retells these life altering experiences in her memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, currently being adapted into a Steven Spielberg film starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Addario uses powerful and evocative images to illustrate a decade of war and strife. This presentation will not only show photos, it will include the stories of how living through these moments shaped her life. Addario’s presentation brings the audience to the front lines of geopolitical and human rights issues in the world. She will share the risks she took to bring these photos back with her.
Addario began her professional career in photography in 1996 with very little formal training in the medium. She traveled to Afghanistan in 2000 to document life under the Taliban regime. Since then. she has returned to Afghanistan several times and covered conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Libya where she was among four New York Times journalist who were kidnapped in 2011. Most recently her work has focused on the Syrian refugee crisis, the rise of ISIS in Iraq, the civil war in South Sudan and the flow of African and Middle Eastern migrants into Sicily.
Throughout her career, Addario has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. She received the Overseas Press Club’s Oliver Rebbot award for her series “Veiled Rebellion: Afghan Women,” she was part of the New York Times team honored with the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting “for its masterful, groundbreaking coverage of America’s deepening military and political challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” In 2015, American Photo magazine named Addario as one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, for changing the way we see world conflict.
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