The Masters Series: Lynsey Addario at School of Visual Arts, Chelsea Gallery, September 2 – December 10, 2022

“This fall, School of Visual Arts (SVA) will honor Lynsey Addario, acclaimed war photographer, MacArthur Genius Grant and Pulitzer Prize recipient, with the 32nd annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition, originally planned for Fall 2020. Curated by Maya Benton and Perri Hofmann, ‘The Masters Series: Lynsey Addario’ will be a comprehensive retrospective of her fearless, two-decade journey documenting humanitarian issues around the globe.

Lynsey Addario’s work has taken her all over the world in her more than 20-year career beginning in 1996, including the frontlines of conflict in Afghanistan, capturing the harsh realities of American troops and Afghan civilians. She has documented major conflicts in Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Somalia, Syria, South Sudan, and most recently, Ukraine. Addario has brought a strong focus to women’s issues in her work, including gender-based violence and rape as a weapon of war.” — School of Visual Arts

“It is an incredible honor to be selected for the SVA Masters Series. At a time when truth is being disputed and journalism is under attack, the visibility SVA brings to the content and issues in my photographs helps highlight the importance of photography in fostering a better understanding of the world around us,” says Addario. “I hope the exhibition will give people a greater perspective beyond the borders of the United States. I hope the images are educational and insightful and provide historical context to wars and humanitarian crises of the past two decades.”

An Iraqi woman walks through a plume of smoke rising from a massive fire at a liquid gas factory as she searches for her husband in Basra, Iraq, May 2003.
US troops carry the body of Staff Sergeant Larry Rougle, who was killed when Taliban insurgents ambushed their squad in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, October 2007.
One hundred nine African refugees from Gambia, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Nigeria are rescued by the Italian navy from a rubber boat in the sea between Italy and Libya, October 2014.
Soldiers with the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army sit by their truck, waiting for it to be repaired, as a sandstorm approaches in Darfur, Sudan, August 2004.
Noor Nisa, 18 (right), in labor and stranded with her mother in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, November 2009.
Fires burn along the Trans-Amazonian Highway in Brazil’s Amazonas state, in September 2021. Deforestation continues at extraordinary rates across the Amazon, from meat producers and cattle ranchers who clear the land and illegal mining.
Firefighters with Cal Fire conduct an operation to contain the Dixie fire south of Highway 44 in Lassen National Forest, in California, August 2021.
A Ukrainian mother tends to her newborn in a basement maternity ward as Russian forces fight Ukrainian forces on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, March 2022.
Eyerus, 40, poses for a portrait in a safe space for victims of sexual assault in the Ayder Hospital in Mekele, Tigray, Ethiopia, May 2021.
Ukrainians clean up debris after a residential building was hit by Russian missiles in south Kyiv, Ukraine, February 2022.