It's what I do: a photographer's life of love and war

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"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.

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table_of_contents Prelude. Ajdabiya, Libya, March 2011 -- Part one. Discovering the world : Connecticut, New York, Argentina, Cuba, India, Afghanistan. No second chances in New York ; How many children do you have? ; We are at war -- Part two. The 9/11 years : Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq. You, American, are not welcome here anymore ; I am not as worried about bullets ; Please tell the woman we will not hurt her -- Part three. A kind of balance : Sudan, Congo, Istanbul, Afghanistan, Pakistan, France, Libya. Women are casualties of their birthplace ; Do your work, and come back when you finish ; The most dangerous place in the world ; Driver expire -- Part four. Life and death : Libya, New York, India, London. You will die tonight ; He was a brother I miss dearly ; I would advise you not to travel ; Lukas -- Afterword. Return to Iraq.
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title It's what I do : a photographer's life of love and war
title_alt It is what I do.
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