6/15/15

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War: Coffee Shoppe Reads (REVIEW)




Being a lover of books, I’m not all that picky about what types of books I will read. I can appreciate books of many different genres, but there are certain types of books that I generally gravitate towards more than others. Given that I am a sociology major, it makes sense that some of my favorite books are those that highlight different cultures, conflicts (both personal and in general) and various issues that effect society. I love experiencing places and cultures through reading that I may not have a chance to experience first hand (though I hope to experience them first hand in the future – one of my biggest desires is to travel more!). Lynsey Addario’s book It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War hit all the marks for me when I first heard about it and I immediately went out to purchase it. 




Addario’s book is presented beautifully from cover to cover. The images she chose to include with her writing help to further connect readers to the experiences she shares in the book. Her writing is fantastic and the book is written in such a way that I struggled to put it down. My only complaint for this book would be that it ended. It is the type of book I would read over and over again if I did not have a stack of other books I want to get through this summer.

In the book Lynsey shares her experiences as she grew up and followed her passion of being a photographer. The way in which her talent brought her from one place to another is inspiring. She has shot wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and captured the experiences of women and children in Africa. Her photographs are beautiful and powerful and have become some of my favorites. Her work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times and Life magazine, among other influential publications.

It isn’t just her images that make this book a must-read in my opinion. It is also her writing. Addario tells a story well captivating her readers. The book is an account of her life not only in terms of her work, but also her personal life, which for someone in her profession is heavily influenced by what she does for a living. Her work leads to finding love, which seems like quite the contrast to the harsh realities she exposes through her photography.

I also found her perspective of conflict to be refreshing. Given that she has seen first hand what war does to communities, she presents some brilliant commentary. I think that everyone should give this book a shot as it’s a beautiful book despite the often dark material it documents.

There is also talk that It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War will be turned into a movie by Steven Spielberg and WarnerBrothers. I sincerely hope they do it justice and cannot wait to go see it! I want more of this story!

I’m always on the hunt for new books to read so please share any suggestions with me in the comments!

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