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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Westport’s Lynsey Addario Wins $500,000 “Genius Award”

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Lynsey Addario: 1991 Staples grad wins MacArthur Award. NY Times photo
Photojournalist Lynsey Addario, a Westporter and 1991 Staples High School graduate, is among the 24 recipients of the $500,000 “genius awards” to be announced on Tuesday by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times said tonight.

All will receive $100,000 a year for five years, no strings attached, according to the newspaper.

Addario, 35, a Turkey-based photojournalist whose work in war-torn countries has appeared in The New York Times and National Geographic, shared in the Times’ 2009 Pulitzer Prize won by a team for International Reporting. 

Her photographic work was part of coverage of the war in Afghanistan for The New York Times Magazine cover article Talibanistan, Sept 7, 2008.

While all the MacArthur Fellows are accomplished, the MacArthur grants are distinctive because they reward the expectation of future achievement, said Robert Gallucci, who became president of the MacArthur Foundation this summer, the Times said.

“We’re looking for you to continue in a creative way, without anyone looking over your shoulder,” he told the newspaper.

In its profile of Addario, the MacArthur Foundation said: “Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist whose powerful images are visual testimony to the most pressing conflicts and humanitarian crises of the 21st century.

“In a time when many readers are becoming numb to the constant flow of images of war, death, and suffering, Addario combines a rigorous journalistic approach with a keen artistic eye to render events in Afghanistan, Darfur, Iraq, and elsewhere in startling and unexpected ways.”

Posted 09/22/09 at 03:15 AM


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Ms. Addario’s work was shown at Larry Silver’s show at the Westport Historical Society last year. Her images are both graphically strong and emotionally nuanced. I certainly salute her success winning this esteemed fellowshiop, and I look forward to seeing her work in the future.


Posted by N. W. Gibbons on September 25, 2009 at 01:01 PM | #

In order to bring awareness of the atrocities that are presently occurring in Darfur, I have used some of Lynsey’s photos at our presentations at middle schools, high schools, colleges, civic organizations and religous groups in order to really drive the point home. Lynsey’s parents, Staples High School and this town should be very proud to say that she is one of ours.
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Posted by Jack Farrell on September 25, 2009 at 04:55 PM | #

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