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Lynsey Addario April 24, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Bhutan.
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Monks at a monastery in Wangdi Phodrang, Chencho, Bhutan

Throughout her career, Lynsey Addario has focused on human rights issues, ranging from the effects of the Castro regime in Cuba to life under the Taliban in Afghanistan to the war in Iraq. She has documented the human and psychological toll of the U.S. occupation in Iraq, while also shooting news features on the crisis in Darfur, women in Saudi Arabia, the lifting of sanctions in Libya, and the democratic movement in Lebanon. In 2005, Addario was awarded the Fuji Prize at Perpignan for her work on wounded soldiers in Iraq, amongst honors from the National Press Photographers Association for her work in the Sudan. In 2002 Addario was named Young Photographer of the Year by the International Center of Photography, and one of the Thirty Best Emerging Photographers by PDN. Lynsey doesn’t stop moving. Just these past couple of weeks between assignments in the Congo and the Moroccan desert she is on her way via her home in Istanbul to speak at ICP in New York tomorrow.

About the Photograph:

“I spent a total of two months in Bhutan for National Geographic, and was surprised at how even a closed-off Buddhist kingdom at the foothills of the Himalayas is being influenced by western culture. I shot this picture in one of the monk’s bedrooms inside of a monastery, and laughed when i saw a coca cola fridge. Bhutan opened to its first foreigners in 1974, and the government allowed satellite TV in 1999 for the first time- opening a pandoras box of influence from the outside world.”

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