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Photojournalist Lynsey Addario on assignment in Ukraine

Updated: Jul 30, 2022

Pulitzer Prize-winner and MacArthur Genius grantee Lynsey Addario has been in Ukraine for much of the past three months, on assignment for The New York Times, risking her life to document the full impact of war on civilians and soldiers. Here, she talks to CBS News about the photo she took of a family killed in a Russian attack in Ukraine.

Here's an excerpt from an interview with Norah O'Donnell on the CBS News:

"I went forward and found a place sort of behind a wall and started photographing," she told "CBS Evening News" anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell. "Within minutes, a series of mortars fell increasingly closer and closer to our position until one landed about 30 feet from where I was standing and it killed a mother and her two children."

Addario said that she was in a civilian area at the time, and she believes the attack was intentional. Addario said the shocking scene made her think of her own children. "I'm a mother, and I when I'm working, I try to stay very focused. I try to keep, sort of, the camera to my eye," she said. "But of course, it was very emotional. First of all, I had just been sprayed with gravel from a mortar round that could have killed us very easily. So I was shaken up, and when we were told that we could run across the street by our security adviser, I ran and I saw this family splayed out and I saw these little moon boots and puffy coat."

Addario added that, even though she felt it was disrespectful to take the photo, she thought that she had to. "This is a war crime," she said. Addario said that she was in a civilian area at the time, and she believes the attack was intentional. Asked how she was holding up, Addario said that she's trying to stay focused on her work. "I think it's really important that people around the world see these images," she said. "It's really brave of the New York Times to put that image on the front page. It's a difficult image, but it is a historically important image."


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