A picture can change de reality
The photojournalist Lynsey Addario publishes his memoirs, that run through the wars of the last 20 years.
Winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 2009, Addario has been in Madrid to talk about his book, his work and film inspired by his life that is expected will be Steven Spielberg, with Jennifer Lawrence in the role of Lynsey: “Hollywood will reach more people than my photos” says during a meal in which discover the flavor of salmorejo. Their abduction in Libya in 2011 and death in that war that ended with the satrap, two friends of profession [Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros] prompted her to write the book. “He had some sort of trauma and assumed a therapeutic process.” However, there are not only shots and penalties in a book with the subtitle life of a photographer in love and war, which points to the complexity of making compatible the desire for a stable relationship with not stop jumping from one country to another.
Lynsey speaks in 367 pages parents hairdressers, a home in which abounded the pool parties with alcohol and marijuana, from the moment in that his father left the Cabinet to go with a friend family, and the couple who did not understand their craft. Lynsey was a young interested in international politics. Then she thought that it would happen half of his 42 years as a fotorreportera. A trip to Argentina that is portrayed to the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and an exhibition of Sebastiao Salgado opened you her enormous dark eyes: “I realized the power of the photos, which can tell a story and bring our world to other people to feel something”, explains in his Spanish learned in Buenos Aires and he apologized because it takes 13 years without speaking it. In the prologue, Addario argues why it is happy doing so risky work: “We give testimony to history and influence policy”. Idealism? D’Addario is emphatic: “of course, that a picture can change reality. If you don’t believe that, I could not do my job. It would be another type of photography that not forced me to leave my child in four years at home”.
Their multiple experiences with those who do not have nothing highlights their generosity. “The less we have, most give you. They open their homes to a foreigner. I was wondering ‘why leave me photographing his privacy?’. It amazes me that they understand the power of journalism. Once, in a village in Afghanistan, came out for lettuce and tomatoes to prepare a salad, houses is what people who told me: ‘Come, come with us’. This would not happen in the United States “, he laughs. At the precise moment it includes more than 70 of his photographs, from prostitutes in New York to Taliban in Afghanistan; the wars in Iraq, Darfur, Somalia, Libya… Also addresses the relationship between colleagues: “I’ve been with a group that was like a family but in inhospitable places. We are now in weddings and funerals”. However, he also points out manly attitudes. “At the beginning not annoyed me because what I wanted was to learn, and with the experience I stopped paying attention.” On the personal side, what Yes was hard is the suffering generated her family. “On three occasions, my mother received a call saying: ‘ we don’t know if your daughter is alive”. And on the professional side, “try to be creative after 20 years, not repeated”. At the end of the interview, should ask the reporter is not now on the borders of Europe to reject Syrian refugees. “No I want to take photos beside other 25 photographers and fight with them”. So, his next projects are not in Europe, wants to portray his country veterans maimed or traumatized by wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Where it does not have any photo’s of Spain: “You’d have to be happy about this”, smiles. “When I go somewhere, I sure there are many people fleeing from there.”