Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario has covered conflicts in war-torn regions worldwide and was among the first Western journalists to enter Taliban-controlled Afghanistan before 9/11.

All part of the job, she says.

“It’s what I do.”

A National Geographic LIVE! speaker, Addario will discuss her career and her fascinating, if chaotic, life at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center Ballrooms.

She will chronicle her harrowing work and explain what drives her, despite having a family, to keep in harm’s way.

The free event, sponsored by the Tarleton Activities Board, the academic colleges and the Department of Residential Life, contains graphic images that may not be suitable for children.

Addario will sign her memoir following the lecture.  

So why would anyone willingly plunge into war? For Addario, the answer is also the title of her book: It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.

In emphasizing humanitarian causes, Addario has built a career on capturing powerful images in dangerous environments. Despite death threats, she continues photographing pivotal subjects for National Geographic, The New York Times and Time.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, she has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She photographs feature stories with human rights themes, particularly women’s issues, across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

In 2015, American Photo magazine named Addario one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, saying she changed how the world views war. In 2009 she received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for her “dedication to demystifying foreign cultures and exposing the tragic consequences of human conflict … and providing a valuable historical record for future generations.”

Addario was part of the New York Times team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for her photographs in “Talibanistan,” published in The New York Times Magazine. In 2015 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for “The Displaced,” a photographic series and virtual reality film documenting three children displaced by war in Syria, South Sudan and Ukraine.