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It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

 
 
Author
Lynsey Addario.
Publisher Penguin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781594205378
Pages/Publication Date 357/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59272
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"We were each begging for our lives because they were deciding whether to execute us, and they had guns to our heads," photojournalist Lynsey Addario told Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air. "And I remember thinking, 'What am I doing here?' Like, 'How much do I really care about Libya?' And then I thought, 'Will I ever get my cameras back?' I mean, which is the most ridiculous thought, of course, when you're about to die." Addario's illustrated memoir is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the 21st century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, candor, and at times with surprising beauty, is to document the complex lives of others, often in their most extreme moments. More than her work, it is her calling, and Addario has earned a MacArthur Genius Grant and the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting, among numerous other awards. Here she describes photographing the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, and the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo, and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.

"Highly readable and thoroughly engaging ... Addario's memoir brilliantly succeeds not only as a personal and professional narrative but also as an illuminating homage to photojournalism's role in documenting suffering and injustice, and its potential to influence public opinion and official policy."Publishers Weekly

"A remarkable journalistic achievement from a Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winner that crystalizes the last 10 years of global war and strife while candidly portraying the intimate life of a female photojournalist.... Especially affecting is the way in which Addario conveys the role of gender and how being a woman has impacted every aspect of her personal and professional lives. Whether dealing with ultra-religious zealots or overly demanding editors, being a woman with a camera has never been an easy task. A brutally real and unrelentingly raw memoir that is as inspiring as it is horrific."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 
 
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