Lynsey And Tyler’s Libya Lens

The New York Times’ “Lens” page is always fascinating.  Each day it features fantastic photographs — and a back story, courtesy of the photographer.

Today’s “Lens” highlights Staples graduate Lynsey Addario.  She’s in Libya — working with fellow Stapleite and Times photographer Tyler Hicks.

Her story begins:

It’s been a rough day.  From where we are in Benghazi, the opposition sent hundreds of troops — if not more — toward the front line to fight against the government troops.

Tyler Hicks and I went forward.  Tyler was about two hours ahead of me.  We decided that I would stay back and see what was happening and then follow, depending on the situation.

At the send-off point for the opposition troops, people were pouring water on them and cheering.  Hundreds of people came out to send the fighters forward.  Everyone was armed to the teeth on the back of these trucks.

You could hear the airstrikes.  There was a lot of machine-gun fire, Kalashnikov fire.  People were shooting in the air.  It was really chaos.

That’s just the start.  Click here to see Lynsey’s amazing shots — and read more of her and Tyler’s harrowing experiences in a world far from Westport. 

(Photo: Lynsey Addario/New York Times)

5 responses to “Lynsey And Tyler’s Libya Lens

  1. Tyler Hicks has the front page of the NYTimes today. it’s really a brilliant photo if you take it in as how totally personal – single man shooting – the opposition’s fight is.

  2. Pretty amazing he is such a good photographer and won American Idol.


  3. Estelle Margolis

    You may want to interview Lynsey’s mother here in town. Her name is Camille (Addario?), she used to have a hair salon. Her father, Philip does have a salon.
    Lynsey has put herself in harm’s way for years to get her photos. She deserves more recognition.
    Estelle T. Margolis

  4. Maggie Mudd

    My heart is in my mouth when I see these photographs by Addario and Hicks from all of the hot spots of the earth. I consider their courage and the personal risks they have taken to inform all of us back home, where we are comfortable and secure. I don’t know them, but I admire them tremendously and I am very grateful for how they enhance my comprehension of these situations. Thank you, thank you!

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