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Friday, 13 February 2015


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She's in town for the book tour this evening, conveniently next door to my work-cave. If I get a chance, I'll ask her if it's OK for you to publish a short excerpt.

NRP's Fresh Air did a story on her a few days ago that might be worth the listen: http://www.npr.org/2015/02/11/385246118/twice-kidnapped-photographer-returns-to-war-zone-its-what-i-do

Also, if you've got iBooks or any other iPad book-reading app, it's a snap to find Addario's book in the store and click "Sample" to read the entire Prelude and a good bit of the first chapter. This is a handy way to check out a book even if you intend to buy a paper copy.

She was interviewed on CBC Radio's "Q" last week:

Click the "Listen" button to pop up a player. (The recording is 17 minutes.)

This woman has clearly hired some very energetic public relations help to torque-up her profile. I'm suddenly seeing her name everywhere, mainly in relation to this book. It wouldn't surprise me to see her on a GoDaddy ad next.

I know nothing of her, as I do not follow conflict snappers a whit. But I sure admire someone that can turn up this much heat, even down to the enthusiast blog level, in a largely positive light! Wow.

p.s. Hey, Mike, how 'bout that 'bokeh' on the MacArthur portrait, eh?

Well, that made my eyes tear up.

Just two days ago I caught a 10 minute interview of Lynsey on the television in my hotel room. She was humble, honest and thoughtful about her work and achievements. I was very impressed.

We all see less photojournalism than we used to and I had to wonder whether her photographs gain the public attention that they so deserve.

Thanks, Mike, for bringing this book to our attention.

Mike: The Fresh Air podcast is downloadable from the NPR website. http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=385246118&m=385519592&live=1
Adarrio is very open about her captors, esp. the mistreatment she endured and how she coped with the thugish creeps. Calling them out on the Islamic principles about sisters and mothers probably saved her life. In a similar vein, the late Bob Simon's book, Forty Days, (http://www.amazon.com/Forty-Days-Bob-Simon/dp/0399137602/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423859513&sr=8-1&keywords=bob+simon about his captivity is equally compelling.
Hope you don't mind these urls.

She also has a fabulous story in the 2/1 issue of NYT Magazine, "Maternity Test: What Can a Pregnant Photojournalist Cover? Everything". I'd imagine it reads very similar to the book, although I haven't read the book to verify.

Maybe when we have creative block we should throw in some bullets, bombs and other destructive destractions to just get on with it.
Truth comes most clearly from war.

Have you read the similarly titled "Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War" by Deborah Copaken Kagen from 2002? http://www.amazon.com/Shutterbabe-Adventures-Deborah-Copaken-Kogan/dp/0375758682

Her work makes me want to be a better human being.

I can't think of a better compliment to give someone.

I think that Kindle is great for text, but I really prefer a book if it is a book of photos. Somehow, the pictures just aren't as good as looking at the original, physical book.

Just my two kopecks worth. ;<)

With best regards, Stephen

I wonder which of her images have been published by mainstream media in this country, and how many more intense ones have been published abroad.

I wonder if the self-censoring market in the U.S. has avoided running some of her best work.

Does she discuss it in the book?

She was also on Charlie Rose recently:


Not sure where to put this but very interesting explanations.


Just to bring your attention to the Anja Niedringhaus' book At War. Great black and white humanistic pictures from an enlightened photojournalist who was killed in Afghanistan last April.

I respect Lynsey and I respect her work, but I feel that she sometimes takes unnecessary risks to capture stories that sadly very few people get to see in the correct context. Stay safe out there Lynsey. Don't let someone else's ambition to make a profit on a current event put you needlessly in the line of fire.

Thanks for the link.
Better than any thriller.

Sad. Sad that one has to go to those lengths to make a living. Sad that one does. Sad that one does not care enough about husband and unborn child to do that. After Robert Capa lost his one true love in Spanish Civil war, he lived every day of his life as if it was his last, and did not care about his safety when going after the photograph. He had, in a way, given up on life. I think many war photographers are like that. No role models for the most of us. Dangerous role models for restless, young, somewhat lost youth of our time.

She was on the PBS Newshour tonight ... Here's also a link to some of her photos on the site too

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