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Lynsey Addario: Working Mom

Today’s New York Times Lens” section examines the difficulty of being (female, of course) overseas photographers who are also raising young children.

The story focuses in part on Lynsey Addario. The MacArthur “Genius Grant”-winning/Times staffer/Staples graduate has a 2-year-old son, Lukas.

Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario

She describes her husband Paul de Bendern, a former Reuters correspondent, as “Unbelievable. Spectacular. Hands on. Good father. Understanding. Patient.”

But, “Lens” says, before they met she “had difficulty sustaining a long-term relationship and her career.”

Lynsey says:

Before I got married it was almost impossible to be in a successful relationship because no man wants to hear, ‘Hey, I’m going away for a month, I’ll see you when I get back. I was fully committed to my work. You can’t ask someone to be fully committed to you when you’re not fully committed to them.

Lukas has already traveled with her to Mississippi, and Lynsey takes him to speaking engagements. But, “Lens” says, he usually remains in London with her husband and nanny.

Lynsey has been captured by forces loyal to Qaddafi in Libya. Since becoming a mother, “Lens” says, she takes fewer risks — “not only because she is a parent, but also because she has lost friends and colleagues.”

“Before I had Lukas I thought, ‘Well, it is very possible that I might get injured or killed in the line of work,’ and I just accepted that as part of what I do,” she notes. “Now that I have a child I’m much more conscious of my mortality. I have to stay alive because I’m responsible for someone else.”

Lynsey Addario photographed this young girl, who died delivering twins. The Sierra Leonean wanted to earn a degree, but at 14 was forced into marriage. (Photo/Lynsey Addario for NPR)

Lynsey Addario photographed this young Sierra Leone girl, who died delivering twins. She was forced to marry at 14. (Photo/Lynsey Addario for NPR)

Lynsey Addario’s Lens

A couple of days ago, the New York Times’ “Lens” blog — featuring photos, videos and back stories — featured Westport’s own Tyler Hicks.

Today the spotlight is on his former Staples classmate and current Times colleague Lynsey Addario.

Photo by Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

The MacArthur “genius grant” winner was in India when the Haiti earthquake hit.  Instead of documenting the immediate effects of that tragedy, she decided to wait a few weeks — then focus on the long-term effects, after other photographers left.

When Lynsey finally arrived in Haiti, she was surprised to find bodies still on the streets, and children still foraging for food and water.

Hoping for an uplifting scene, Lynsey found — and photographed — a woman giving birth in a tent camp.

Click here for the Times‘ take on Lynsey’s latest work — and what it means to her to create it.

Photo by Lynsey Addario/The New York Times