Contemporary Photographers_Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who I have come to consider among my favourite contemporary photographers.  She had no formal training when she began photographing as a professional in 1996 and yet her work is among the most powerful and evocative of any photojournalist today.  She is every bit on par with James Nachtwey in my view.

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Lynsey Addario, The Displaced, Syria 2015

Addario masterfully pictures people in their environment, but with a far more intimate perspective than Simon Roberts and her focus is clearly more on the human side of the equation.  Though she approaches her craft from the perspective of a photojournalist, there results a far more portraitist quality in her work.  I can’t help but be moved by virtually every photo she has published, and each one seems to have the ability to, if not fully convey a story, to at least strongly suggest one.  While the character of her work doesn’t relate directly to mine, her ability to capture so much in a frame is something to which I aspire.

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Lynsey Addario, Women At War, Afghanistan 2010

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