Veteran photojournalist Lynsey Addario built a career on the strength of her ability to capture visceral and intimate images from some of the world's most dangerous conflict zones.
Having learned on the job—with no formal training—she's filed photos for global news organizations from places like Sudan and the Congo, as well as the closed and fiercely tradition-bound cultures of the Middle East.
Still, the digital revolution has made such previously far-flung places more accessible, thanks to a growing network of social media platforms fed by average citizens with smartphone cameras.
"I try not to get caught up in how our society is so inundated with images, and stay very focused on the work that I'm doing," Addario said in an interview with CNBC's On the Money. She advised media consumers looking at on-the-ground dispatches from breaking news stories to ask, "What are the sources of those images? How do we know that's the truth?"
Since first photographing the lives of women under Taliban rule in 2000, Addario has been consistently focused on documenting the truth. It was a path she says she never intentionally meant to pursue.
"I never set out to be a war photographer," said the Pulitzer Prize winner and 2009 MacArthur Fellow.