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Lynsey began photographing professionally for the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina in 1996 with no previous photographic training or studies. She eventually began freelancing for the AP in New York, before moving abroad to New Delhi, India to cover South Asia. In 2000, Addario first traveled to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to document life and oppression under the Taliban, and has since covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, and Congo. She photographs features and breaking news focused on humanitarian and human rights issues across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.
In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey as one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, saying she changed the way we saw the world's conflicts.
Lynsey’s recent bodies of work include an ongoing reportage on Syrian refugees for The New York Times, ISIS’ push into Iraq, the civil war in South Sudan, and African and Middle Eastern migrants arriving on Sicily's shores. Addario was the official photographer for the Nobel Peace Center's 10th peace prize exhibition, photographing 2014 winners Malala Yousefzai and Kailash Satyarthi for an exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.
Lynsey has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship, or ‘Genius Grant’ 2009; Overseas Press Club's award for 'Best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines and books' for her series ‘Veiled Rebellion: Afghan Women’. She was part of the New York Times team to win the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, for her photographs in ‘Talibanistan’. In 2010 Lynsey was named one of 20 women on Oprah Winfrey's Power List, for her Power of Bearing Witness, and one of Glamour Magazine’s 20 women of the year in 2011. In 2014, Lynsey was included as one of eleven renowned women photographers in the National Geographic Women of Vision exhibition and photography book. Lynsey is married with one son.
Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. She creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light becoming focal points for urban life. Recipient of the Guggenheim, Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship, Harvard University Loeb Fellowship and Fulbright Lectureship, Echelman received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Art, and was named Architectural Digest Innovator for "changing the very essence of urban spaces". Her TED talk "Taking Imagination Seriously" has been translated into 34 languages with well over a million views. On Oprah’s list of “50 Things that Make You Say Wow!”, Echelman’s art ranked #1.
Jared Leto is an actor, musician and director.
His two decades of work as an actor have encompassed a host of intense and transformative performances. Leto’s recent performance as the transgender AIDS patient ‘Rayon’ in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club brought him his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is next starring in the DC Comics / Warner Bros film, Suicide Squad.
Leto’s other performances have included his portrayals in Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream; Steve James’ Prefontaine, as real-life athlete Steve Prefontaine; J.P. Schaefer’s Chapter 27; David Fincher’s Fight Club and Panic Room; Mary Harron’s American Psycho; Andrew Niccol’s Lord of War; Oliver Stone’s Alexander; Todd Robinson’s Lonely Hearts; James Mangold’s Girl, Interrupted; Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line; and Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody.
He was honored with a Gotham Independent Film Award for his documentary feature Artifact, which he produced with Emma Ludbrook. Leto directed Artifact under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Also under that name, he directs music videos for the multi-platinum-selling rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the band, which comprises Leto, his brother Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic.
Thirty Seconds to Mars has released four studio records, including 2013’s Love Lust Faith + Dreams. Among their rock radio hits have been the songs “The Kill”, “Kings and Queens,” and most recently, “City of Angels”. Thirty Seconds to Mars has sold over 5 million albums worldwide and their music videos have received more than 300 million views on YouTube.
In addition to his career as an award-winning actor and musician, Jared is also a successful tech investor. He’s invested in startups like Nest, Uber, Airbnb and Spotify, and he operates his own streaming video-platform, called Vyrt, as well as a social- and digital-media marketing outfit called The Hive.
Zac Posen launched his eponymous collection in 2001, with a vision for modern American glamour that married couture technique with striking innovation. Envisioned in his New York atelier, Zac introduced a collection that combined legendary Hollywood glamour with a downtown sensibility, enhancing women’s natural forms and enabling them to be their most alluring, empowered selves.
Raised in New York, Zac began his design training early. At 16, he attended Parson’s School of Design followed by London’s Central Saint Martins University. His collection launch quickly gained following by press, consumers and retailers alike as he carved his signature style. Two years following his first collection, he was awarded one of fashion’s most prestigious honors, Swarovski’s The Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear by the CFDA. Quickly, he was solidifying his position as a preeminent American designer.
Today, Zac is known globally for his technique in artisanal craftsmanship, anatomical construction and textile manipulation. His daywear, suiting and red carpet eveningwear are infused with his bold sophistication, sexy femininity and distinctive glamour. Worn by leading women, including Uma Thurman, First Lady Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts, he has become a staple on the red carpet.
His collections have grown to include Zac Posen, ZAC Zac Posen and Z Spoke Zac Posen with offerings in handbags, accessories, eyewear and fur. The collections are found in leading department and specialty stores worldwide including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s New York, Harvey Nichols, and Seibu. In October 2013, Zac entered the bridal space with the launch of Truly Zac Posen in partnership with David’s Bridal, arriving in store in February 2014.
Most recently, Zac has served as judge with Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia on Lifetime’s mainstay Project Runway, in its twelfth season. In keeping with Zac's commitment to mentorship in design, he has developed the Zac Posen Scholarship for Fashion Design at The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In May 2013, Zac received from The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Alumni Achievement Award.
Actor, musician and director
Jared Leto is an actor, musician and director.