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    MARCH 2009 - Malala Yousafzai, age 12, photographed at home in Peshawar, Pakistan. At the time, Sharia law had just been adopted in the Swat Valley and Malala worried that education for girls after the 4th grade would be banned. Three years later, in October 2012, she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, but survived. The militants behind the attack claimed that it was because she promoted secularism.

    Today, the Nobel Committee announced that Malala has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian children’s rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi.

    Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Reportage by Getty Images. See more.

    Time LightBox showcases moving photos, by Reportage photographer Brent Stirton, of blind sisters having their sight restored:

    Anita and Sonia Singh were born into darkness. Like millions of people around the world, the two girls came into the world with congenital cataracts, robbing them of all but the faintest awareness of light and dark. In a congenital cataract, the lens of the eye is clouded from the moment of birth, leaving the pupil a milky white or gray. A person with the condition—if left untreated—will be blind for life.

    See the rest of the story on LightBox.

    Brent is a senior staff photographer for Reportage by Getty Images, based in Los Angeles, Calif. Brent’s work has been published by National Geographic Magazine, TIME, GEO and many other respected international titles, and he has been a long-time photographer for Human Rights Watch and The World Wide Fund for Nature. He has been honored several times by World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, among other major photography awards. He remains committed to issues relating to global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment.

    Transgender woman Loloa Lanzibe, 24, lying on her bed while being dressed in traditional Xhosa women's clothing. Photo by Corinna Kern. George Fowler, 72, a hoarder. Photo by Corinna Kern. A community of squatters near in London, England. Photo by Corinna Kern.

    Continuing our conversations with this year’s Emerging Talent award recipients, this week we talked with Corinna Kern, a German-born photographer now living in South Africa. In 2013, she received a Masters’ in photojournalism from the University of Westminster in London, where she focused on stories about alternative lifestyles from an insider’s perspective. Her candid images give intimate insight into peoples’ lives on the fringes of society. Below is an excerpt of our interview; read the rest on the Getty Images Stories & Trends blog.

    Q) You’re currently working on a story about transgender women in South Africa. What sparked your interest in this topic and what do you hope your photographs will convey about the transgender experience in this country?

     A) I have been interested in non-conforming gender and gender expression for many years. Coming from a background in which people take their gender and sexual orientation for granted, I have been looking to explore the realities of LGBTI people subjected to discrimination and violence, which is particularly prevalent in communities of color. Initially I was considering going to places like Uganda where a new anti-gay bill was passed end of 2013, rendering repeated homosexual acts punishable by life imprisonment. However, when I learned about the challenges LGBTI people are facing in liberal South Africa, despite a constitution being one of the most progressive in the world, this topic became more interesting and relevant to me. Institutionalized homophobia and gender-based violence are common phenomenon contradicting a constitution that outlaws discrimination based on gender, sex or sexual orientation while legalizing same-sex marriages. Especially in townships and rural areas individuals are often forced to perform their gender according to the hetero-patriarchal notions entrenched in African culture. With my photographs I aim to convey gender as an ambiguous and fluid concept opposing the traditional gender binary. By contravening stereotypical gender roles and expressions I intend to challenge the hetero-patriarchal and prejudiced notions on gender, inspiring a shift towards an open-minded view on what African gender identity can be as opposed to what society demands it to be. By sharing individuals’ experiences, I intend to raise awareness about the discrepancy between South Africa’s official acceptance of transgenderism and the unofficial reality shaped by discrimination and persecution. So far I have been working together with a NGO called S.H.E. (Social, Health And Empowerment Feminist Collective Of Transgender And Intersex Women Of Africa) that operates in East London.

    Q) When did you arrive in South Africa and how have you found working there as a journalist, compared to England, where you studied, or Germany, your home country? What have been the primary challenges in working on your transgender story?

     A) When I arrived in South Africa end of May 2014, the primary challenge until now has been the safety issues involved in my work as a photojournalist. Coming from Europe where I was used to work independently and without constraints, I often feel very restricted in South Africa as I cannot just go out wherever and whenever I want, especially since carrying equipment. Particularly in townships and rural areas that my project focuses on, crime rates are high and as a white person I am standing out. Hence, I make sure that someone living in the area I photograph accompanies me. As I prefer to have as few people as possible accompanying me in order to keep all situations as real and uninfluenced as possible, I usually stick to the individuals that I photograph. At first glance it may appear a bit worrying walking as a white person together with a transgender person through a township. However, we make sure that we stay in the communities in which the individuals are widely accepted. Moreover, language barriers are a challenge since in the rural areas and townships people speak Xhosa and many of them little English. Especially when people in communities are talking amongst themselves I often do not understand their conversations, which makes it difficult for me to integrate.

    Read the full interview on the Getty Images Stories & Trends blog. You can also read last week’s interview with Emerging Talent Alejandro Cegarra of Venezuela.

    Carlos Arredondo of Massachusetts leans over the coffin of his son, Brian, who hung himself in 2011 following his struggle with depression. Carlos’s other son, Alex, was killed in Iraq in 2004 while serving in the U.S. Marines. Photo by Eugene Richards.

    This Thursday, as part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival, hear photographer Eugene Richards talk about his project “War Is Personal” and other work, in conversation with Getty Images Vice President Aidan Sullivan. Eugene received a 2013 Getty Images Editorial Grant to continue his War Is Personal project, which examines the human cost of conflict through heart-rending stories of people affected by recent wars. Eugene and Aidan will also discuss how photojournalists are adapting to changes in the industry, and what are the most important things to consider when telling a story through photographs.

    The talk is from 7-9 PM at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. More info on the Atlanta Celebrates Photography website.


    Photographer John Moore continues his coverage of the Ebola epidemic in LiberiaThe Ebola outbreak has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa, according to the WHO. 

    Top : A woman lies alongside the road while waiting to enter the Ebola treatment center at the Island Hospital on October 6, 2014 on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. She said she was bleeding heavily from a miscarriage and was unable to get treatment at other clinics, many of which now refuse to treat bleeding patients due to fears of contracting Ebola. The Island Hospital, with it’s 120 beds, has remained at full capacity since it’s opening by the Liberian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), in September. 

    Middle: A Doctors Without Borders (MSF), health worker in protective clothing holds a child suspected of having Ebola in the MSF treatment center on October 5, 2014 in Paynesville, Liberia. The girl and her mother, showing symptoms of the deadly disease, were awaiting test results for the virus. 

    Bottom: Siata Johnson, 23, stands weakly with the help of a relative outside the Ebola treatment center at the Island Hospital on October 6, 2014 on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. The hospital, with it’s 120 beds for Ebola patients, has remained at capacity since it’s opening by the Liberian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), in September. 

    See more of John’s photos HERE

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    Photo by Dana Romanoff/Reportage by Getty Images Photo by Dana Romanoff/Reportage by Getty Images Photo by Dana Romanoff/Reportage by Getty Images

    Disaster-Zone Midwives

    Nearly a year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated central Philippines, the disaster is not over. An estimated 230,000 pregnant women live in affected areas, while over 800 women, often malnourished and suffering dehydration, high blood pressure, extreme trauma, inadequate shelter and lack of transportation give birth every day. There is limited or no access to emergency obstetric care. While the Philippine Rural and Municipal Health Centers are rebuilding they are crowded with the sick and injured, charge for maternity services and many maternity patients express not having a good experience there.

    Under a canvas tent, in the skeleton of a destroyed elementary school, the organizations Bumi Sehat Foundation International and WADAH Foundation came together under the leadership of an American midwife, Robin Lim, to create Bumi Wadah birthing clinic in the township of Dulag, outside of Tacloban City in the Visayas. At this time it is the only clean, free, 24 hour maternity service. Laboring mothers travel from villages often hours away. Ms. Lim, along with local Filipina midwives and a rotation of foreign midwives, offer free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid, delivering over 100 babies a month, without electricity or running water.

    Reportage photographer Dana Romanoff visited Ms. Lim’s birthing clinic earlier this year, documenting their efforts to provide services in a region where infrastructure has fallen apart. See more images from this series on the Reportage website.


    Repost from @dkitwoodgetty General views over Kabul on October 3, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan. David Cameron is the first world leader to meet with Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani and his defeated opponent in the presidential race Abdullah Abdullah since the new government was formed. Mr Camerons visit was unannounced to Kabul #GettyImagesNews

    Shagufta (L) and Reshma (R) talk about their dream of going to school as they stand in the window of a classroom. Their family is among those displaced by the flood that ravaged the Goalpara district of India last week.  Schools like this have been used as a shelter for displaced people; around fifty people sleep in each classroom. Photo by Instagrammer @ravimishraindia

    See all of our selections for this week’s #ReportageSpotlight


    © Daro Sulakauri

    The bride in the above photo is 17 years old. She is tearing up before departing for a wedding ceremony in the Kakheti region of Georgia. Her future husband was introduced to her on the day of their engagement.

    From: Instagram Takeover: Daro Sulakauri’s Underage Marriage Project


    Striking Black-And-White Portraits Shed Light On Bangladesh’s Third Gender

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