Noor Nisa, eighteen (right), in labor and stranded with her mother in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, November 2009. Her husband’s first wife died during childbirth, so he was determined to get her to the hospital, a four-hour drive from their village. His borrowed car broke down and I ended up taking them to the hospital, where Noor Nisa delivered a baby girl.
In a world where photojournalism has historically been accused of being cold and detached, Addario’s photographs are connected and informed. She works to understand the culture in which she engrains herself, respecting its customs, battles, and triumphs. While photographing one woman’s four-hour journey to her village’s nearest hospital, it was Addario who drove the family the remainder of the journey when their own car broke down.
Addario’s newest book, Of Love & War, contains over 200 photographs taken over the past two decades across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa, many of them documenting the remarkable and resilient women living and working in the midst of conflict. As a reader flips through the images, essays, and ephemera bound within, several messages are driven home: that intimacy has the uncanny ability to unveil truth. That the devastation of war wears on the spirit of every civilian. And that our world is filled at once with chaos, complexity, and beauty.
The Arch is proud to present a selection of photographs from Lynsey Addario. If you’re interested in owning your own copy of Of Love & War, it is available for purchase here.