Photojournalism has always captured my attention and Lynsey Addario continues to stretch that fascination with every photo. What is so interesting to me about photojournalism is that what’s in the image is quite literally everything you need to develop the story. Photojournalists use the subject, composition, and context to provide riveting stories within the image.
Lynsey Addario wrote a book called It’s What I Do: A Photographers Life of Love and War and it totally changed my perspective on how an image is made. Her passion for telling a story, the right one, is so compelling. She talks about times when she has been kidnapped, times she was struggling with a relationship while photographing abroad, hiking through the desert for five days to cover a story.. this is what I believe photography should be. A pursuit of the best image, even if you have to work for it.
Her images evoke my emotions because her subjects are so raw and fragile, you’re almost always caught wanting to help. You can see personal struggles on display in her images and movement I have never seen before. Like implied lines, her subject leads your eye to want more. You’re directed to look to the right because the subject is moving right, but the image is full of negative space. That doesn’t matter though. The subjects demeanor and movement make us imagine so much more than whats in the image.
I believe the idea of war torn cities and photographing war zones is extremely compelling. I’m trying not to be naive and think that once you get to that point you’ve made it, but I want to get to that point one day. Addario’s images were a catalyst for me to push harder.
In the video below, Addario talks about her experience as a photojournalist and why she does what she does.