A Photojournalists Journey

Instagram is the perfect medium for photojournalists, and the perfect medium for creepily stalking people in the most flattering, unobtrusive way.

One photojournalist I now follow on Instagram is Lynsey Addario. I found her account by shifting to the “following” side on Instagram and clicking on a photo she posted that NATGEO had liked, whose account I follow.

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One of Lynsey’s photos of Rajasthani women that caught my attention

I clicked her name, skimmed through all of her pictures, and pressed follow.

Her account is filled with photos of people, places, events and her family—her son and    husband.

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Her husband and son

Scattered throughout her Instagram, tucked between photos of barren war zones and foreign landscapes, are pictures of her son sleeping. It’s a funny juxtaposition, but it makes her real and it makes her subjects narratives and stories more real that they’re not just taken off the Internet.

Lyndsey was there, speaking with whomever is featured in her photo.

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Malala Yousafzai with Kailash Satyarthi

One great story she was able to tell through Instagram was Malala Yousafzai’s speech and presentation at the Nobel Peace Prize Exhibit in Oslo.

Most of the photos are of Malala herself, surrounded by other people and talking with them. One of the photos she was able to capture was of Malala being held by Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights advocate and who was honored on behalf of the work he had done with Malala, while looking at her blood-soaked school girl uniform, which she was wearing the day she was shot on October 2012.

The images she takes are very powerful. A few others I like are below:

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Lynsey’s account is great, as it is also linked to her Twitter. And she has her own website as well. Lynsey just published her first book, “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.

Based on Lynsey’s Instagram, I am eager to read her book for more depth about her own life and the people she photographs.

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