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Photojournalist Profile By: Allison Gavin
Introduction: Lynsey AddarioLynsey Addario is a popular American photojournalist 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. Addario is also known for traveling all around the world photographing and documenting many different cultures.Addario started her career in 1996 and is currently working for the New York Times.Addario also won multiple awards for her work and in 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years
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Career Path of Lynsey Addario Lynsey Addario worked for many popular publications including the New York Times TIME Magazine, and National Geographic. Before even working for these publications, Addario already had so much experience. She worked photographing in 1996 for the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina for a year. She then returned to her home base in New York in 1997 and began freelancing for the Associated Press, where she was a regular contributor for three years. While in New York, Addario also completed several overseas projects, including traveling to Havana to work on a series of photo essays about the influence of capitalism on young CubansLynsey was also in Cuba for a visit by Pope John Paul II and then every year until 2002, decided to document life under one of the last communist regimes. Addario eventually moved to New Delhi for eight months covering Afghanistan under Taliban rule, and then Pakistan, and Nepal for the Associated Press, the Boston Globe, and the Houston Chronicle.
Lynsey Addario at the New York TimesAddario started working for the New York Times in 2001. She still focused on stories outside of the country covering the war in Afghanistan and went to South Asia to focus on the results of womens education and other issues the people of South Asia faced. Addario is known for covering stories on key issues in many different cultures and would always try to raise awareness towards them. She would cover stories on malnutrition, sexual assault of minors and other major issues. Just recently in 2011, Addario was in Libya covering the Civil War for the New York Times when she was captured by soldiers of Muammar el-Qaddafi.
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Motivation of Lynsey Addario One of my goals as a photographer is to motivate people to act.What Addario means by this is that she wishes to raise awareness and show her viewers the tragedies that go on in this world in hopes that one day, these tragedies will end. Addatio mentions that she once photographed a woman in childbirth in Sierra Leone and she died shortly after giving birth. Addario mentions how a medical company used her images to fundraise. To me that means the world because that is exactly one of my goals as a photographer, to motivate people to act.Addario has an autobiography called Its What I Do. In this book, she explains her motivations of how photography drives her and how her photography changes the lives of others. Addario also fights for gender equality in photojournalism. She empowers women with the idea that just because youre a woman, does not mean you cant do anything a man does.
Technologies Used By AddarioThroughout her career, Addario had used DSLR cameras while using many different lenses. This helped her out a lot with the type of photojournalism she focuses on. The DSLR cameras bring out detail a lot more than other types of photographic technologies do. They also bring out the color and the quality of the photo a lot more.
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Ethics of Lynsey Addario Addario has faced many ethical issues throughout her career, but what photojournalist doesnt. It happens frequently with photographers and photojournalists.Sometimes, the challenge was not whether a story was too sensitive to be told, but how to do justice to its magnitude.In one instance, Addario was in Iraq and at one point found mass graves. I had never seen anything like this people were looking for relatives literally in plastic bags and trying to identify them through bones and pieces of anything that remained of their clothing. The first time I walked up to that [mass grave] I sort of just stood, and I couldnt even photograph for like 45 minutes. I just looked around and didnt take any pictures because I couldnt figure out how to do it.This is an instance of having good ethics. Addario respected the situation privacy of family members looking for their loved ones.
Ethics of Lynsey Addario (Cont.)Another example of good ethics is that Addario was photographing injured soldiers. Addario did in fact get permission from the troops to be in their presence taking photographs. Even though she got permission to be shooting, Addario still felt invasive, like she shouldnt be there. This is a good example because as a photographer or photojournalist, you should always get permission before taking a photo of someone, especially during a tragic event. As for bias, Addario never showed any type of bias in her work, although she mostly worked in other countries besides her own.
Photographic Styles: Photo #1The first photographic style that came to mind right when I saw this image was Use of Shadows. The girl was obviously photographed during the daytime while sitting near a window because of the placement of the shadows on her face and on the wall. This type of style also gives a dramatic feel to the image.
Photographic Styles: Photo #2
For this image, I chose to evaluate the Subjects Expression. The subject is showing a lot of emotion. Her eyes scream out fear and it makes me wonder why the subject is showing so much emotion. This image gives a sense of emotion for the viewers also. This image also shows Shallow Depth of Field with the background being blurred out and giving more attention to the subject. The obvious main subject is very close to the camera not leaving any room for any distractions to detract from the main subject.
Photographic Style: Photo #3This image is a perfect example of Rule of Thirds. The girl is perfectly places off-centered from the camera. She is also looking away from the camera that makes the image a little more interesting. This image is also very much in focus with clarity and boldness. A fast shutter speed was also used for the exposure time to give a sense of freeze motion.
Photographic Style: Photo #4This photo represents the style of Keeping it Simple. The background does not take away from the subjects at all. By not a lot going on in the image, the subjects attract the eye a lot more. The Background definitely compliments the composition. The contrast of this image is also up to par with it not being to high,
Impact of Lynsey Addario Addario was very much impactful to society, especially for women. She was very inspirational with wanting to make a difference in the world by raising awareness towards different situations that went on all around the world. Her images make a huge impact on society. Her images tell a story and each image she takes teaches society what other people go through, whether it be financially, personally, or just by where someone lives in the world. Addario was also very inspirational towards women by giving the message that just because you are a woman, does not mean that you cant do anything a man can. This is very impactful since photography and photojournalism is thought to be a job for men when in reality, it isnt.
My Major at AICI chose to profile Lynsey Addario not just because she is a huge inspiration to not only me but to many all around the world, but because I found her very relatable to my major at AIC and what I may want to get into for a career. I have a lot of interest in becoming a photographer or photojournalist working for a big name magazine. I found it inspirational that Addario worked for multiple big name magazines like New York Times and National Geographic, in which I would love to get a job at one of those publications as a photojournalist. I found Addarios story very inspirational with all of the different types of experiences she faced with traveling to many different countries and it makes me even more motivated to chase my dreams to travel for work.
Viewpoints on Lynsey AddarioLynsey Addario is a big inspiration for me and for many around the world with everything she stands for and the impact she has on society. She is also an inspirational to many by constantly risking her life by being a war photojournalist and by overcoming her devastating story of being kidnapped while on assignment. There is nothing but great reviews on Addarios autobiography Its What I Do and on the kind of person Lynsey Addario is.