Free Public Library
What I Do
January 23, 2017
2:30 - 4:00 pm
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.
heard about her book, did you recognize Addario as a war
photo-journalist? If so, what do you recall knowing about her? Did you
remember seeing any of her images?
Could you do
what Addario does? Have you ever known anyone who could? How was this
person different or similar to your other friends and acquaintances?
When asked by
Belinda Luscombe, “Do female photojournalists shoot war differently?”
Addario replied, “On the front lines it doesn't matter if you're a man
or a woman, so long as you keep up. But I think that in the Muslim
world, where I work a lot, I have better access to women and children
because the society is segregated by gender.” What do you think: Do
you expect women to work differently than men?
Addario’s life experience prepare her for America just after September
examples of how Addario shows empathy in her photojournalism.
Would you have
made the same choices Addario made as she navigated a male-dominated
marriage and motherhood inform Addario’s career?
Addario’s kidnapping in Libya. What gave her the fortitude to survive?
Addario survived, but people died as a result of working with her. How
does she live with that? Could you live with it?
By working at
her career while pregnant, was Addario taking unnecessary risks?
Addario’s memoir be as important without her images? Why or why not?
Are the images stronger for Addario’s words?
and from 10 Questions by
Belinda Luscombe, Time, 3/16/2015, Vol. 185, Issue 9