#WomensLives: It’s What I Do

This #WomensLives post made my fingers fly to the keyboard! Be still, my heart.

She’s seen warfare. Been kidnapped. Interviewed victims of rape and helped an Afghan woman in labor get to a hospital. Photographed a dying boy with her own son growing inside her womb. She tells the stories behind these photographs.

War photojournalist Lynsey Addario is doing vital, amazing work. There are not many people out there who have the courage and ability to handle war photography and even fewer women taking on that particular role. Addario just released her memoir, It’s What I Do, and PRI has highlighted a few of her photos and words.


War photography is hard to look at, I find, but incredibly important to witness. I can’t imagine being the person actually taking the photos, especially in the context of being a mother and a wife, with a family at home. Go, and look. If you don’t witness anything else today, witness these nine photos.

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  1. Catherine says:

    I heard this story on NPR this morning and it was so good. She said that now that she’s a mom, she still goes into war zones, but not combat areas.

    1. Shayla says:

      Reading about her perspective as a pregnant woman doing war photography was really eye opening for me! I had one female professor in college who did documentary photo and she shaped a lot of my thoughts on women and this industry. Lots of sacrifice to be made in some cases.

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