It's What I Do

It's What I Do

A Photographer's Life of Love and War

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Penguin Putnam
War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It’s her work, but it’s much more than that: it’s her singular calling.
Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed 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 would often find herself makingnot 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 a way to travel with a purpose. She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as 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.
Addario takes bravery for granted but she is not fearless. She uses her fear and it creates empathy; it is that feeling, that empathy, that is essential to her work. We see this clearly on display as she interviews rape victims in the Congo, or photographs a fallen soldier with whom she had been embedded in Iraq, or documents the tragic lives of starving Somali children. Lynsey takes us there and we begin to understand how getting to the hard truth trumps fear.
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 her career, 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 all the 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 Dois more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it is witness to the human cost of war.


Random House, Inc.
"A brutally real and unrelentingly raw memoir."--Kirkus (starred review)

War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It’s her work, but it’s much more than that: it’s her singular calling.

Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed 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 would 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 a way to travel with a purpose. She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as 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.

Addario takes bravery for granted but she is not fearless. She uses her fear and it creates empathy; it is that feeling, that empathy, that is essential to her work. We see this clearly on display as she interviews rape victims in the Congo, or photographs a fallen soldier with whom she had been embedded in Iraq, or documents the tragic lives of starving Somali children. Lynsey takes us there and we begin to understand how getting to the hard truth trumps fear.

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 her career, 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 all the 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 Dois more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it is witness to the human cost of war.



Baker & Taylor
A MacArthur Genius Grant and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist documents her relentless pursuit of complex truths in the years after September 11, describing her witness to the American invasion of Afghanistan and the lives of people before and after Taliban reign.

Baker
& Taylor

A photojournalist documents her relentless pursuit of complex truths in the years after September 11th, describing her witness to the American invasion of Afghanistan and the lives of people before and after Taliban reign.

Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2015
New York : The Penguin Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781594205378
159420537X
Branch Call Number: B ADDARIO 2015
Characteristics: 357 pages cm

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AL_JENNIEB Feb 07, 2017

An engrossing account of one photo correspondent's life in a career that has taken her all over the world, sometimes into the most dangerous places, and finding beauty even in the most desperate of places.

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melmccurdy
Feb 04, 2017

An engaging memoir that includes the author's experiences as a war photojournalist, covering everywhere from Iraq to Syria. Clearly a dangerous career.

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Blue_18
May 16, 2015

If you know her work, and most people do, it might be best to leave this book alone. The photos you have seen pretty much stand on their own. But, if you are thinking about loading up your cameras and buying a ticket to the next war then you should read this first.

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Gensc
Apr 25, 2015

Worth the read! This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is beautiful and heart breaking while being punctuated throughout with her beautiful pictures. The story was a page turner and her interview on The Daily Show (where I first saw Addario promoting the story) was also compelling. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in travel, journalism, politics, or people in general.

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Gensc
Apr 25, 2015

Worth the read! This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is beautiful and heart breaking while being punctuated throughout with her beautiful pictures. The story was a page turner and her interview on The Daily Show (where I first saw Addario promoting the story) was also compelling. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in travel, journalism, politics, or people in general.

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