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    NEW YORK, NY - The remains of tower number 2 of the World Trade Center lie behind an office at one Liberty Plaza at first light on September 12, 2001. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty images).


    Photo by @marvilacar

    It takes a strong soul and indelible spirit to transform one of the hardest and challenging life experiences into an empowering example of survival and creativity. My amazing wife @marvilacar has done just that.
    Please take the time - on National Suicide Prevention Day - to read her blog on Huffington Post and to support her new campaign @1in20

    Twenty years after the beginning of multiracial democracy in South Africa, the Born Frees—the first generation of the so-called rainbow nation—have come of age. While they have inherited a free country from parents who have fought long and hard against apartheid, theirs is a story of growing up in a democracy that is complex and young. They grapple with enormous issues—access to education, gang violence, corruption, HIV/AIDS, and income inequality, to name a few. More than half of the nation’s 18-25 year olds are unemployed. 

    Photographer Krisanne Johnson has been awarded a 2014 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography for her project ‘South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Youth.’ Read more about Krisanne and the project here.

    Photograph of Jesus by Laurie Hill in association with the Getty Images Short & Sweet Film Challenge from Hulton Archive on Vimeo.


    Love analogue? Love History? Take a tour inside one of the world’s greatest photo collections through the magical lens of filmmaker Laurie Hill…..

    Well worth watching. A photograph of Jesus?

    More than a year of unprecedented violence has plunged Central African Republic (CAR) into perhaps the most unstable and bloodiest era of its history. Armed groups called anti-balaka, comprised of Christians and animists who were initially organized to fight local crime, are seeking revenge mostly against the Muslim minority for a cycle of looting, torture and killing that began after the mainly Muslim rebel coalition Séléka seized power in March 2013. Anti-balaka refuses to lay down their arms. Instead, they hunt and kill Muslims who remain in areas under their control or those who attempt to flee.

    Photographer William Daniels has been awarded a 2014 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography for his project ‘CAR in Chaos.’ Read more about William and the project here.



    A Day in the Life: Traveling With Ben Lowy for a Week

    “I travel a lot. Its a huge part of my photography career. I don’t make long term plans. I don’t go on vacation. For me vacation is spending a few days at home.  This week on I got a call on Monday morning saying that I was on a flight Monday night. I would be gone all week traveling to at least two and at most four locations per day. Sometimes the travel can be tiring, but I always make sure to make each journey part of my photographic experience.”

    1. My assistant, Nadav, helping me figure out lighting for a video shoot. We picked this spot for the dramatic light and perspective, but it was part of an often used horse trail. We had to run to home depot and buy a shovel to clear out all the horse shit before our subject arrived. I didn’t shoot the shit clearing.

    2. Cloud Porn. I love clouds. I spent 6 years working in Iraq and the Middle East - there are never clouds out there. So I really enjoy seeing them whenever I can.

    3. Planes come in for a landing over the Hertz rental car return lot at LAX. One of the best places to park a car and wait for planes to fly over head. I get a kick every time. Finally, after a long week Im on my way back east, to catch another plane to another gig halfway around the world.

    4. My ruffled sheet at the 60 boutique hotel in Beverly Hills. I got to sleep here two nights. Which is a big deal. The bed was just ok.

    5. Its only three days into this gig and we are coming in following our 6th flight. Racking up the frequent flyer miles. For years I always took aisle seats, though now Im a converted window only traveler. Yes, I get to shoot out the window, but mostly its because I would rather crawl over other people to get to the bathroom, rather than have them crawl over me.

    6. Hotel bed. This time in Salt Lake City. This was a sleep number bed. It was nice. I didn’t change the settings, but I could have.

    7. We woke up early and left our airport Hilton to hit up some non-chain restaurant for breakfast before heading south. We found a great pancake place abutting an architecturally interesting Ukrainian Church.

    8. I couldn’t leave Detroit - which I have never visited - without at least seeing some of the city. On the way to the airport we pulled the car over to check out the often photographed Central Train Depot.

    9. Truck stop motel parking lot outside of Denver. Sometimes finding beauty in the mundane brings me the most happiness.

    10. The often photographed, artfully decorated tunnel between concourse B and C at Chicago O’hare. I make it a mission to find the time to shoot there every time I pass through Chicago.

    Follow Ben Lowy on Instagram, here.

    Some recent travel work on the Niche Project blog…

    Mennonites are Christians, living in isolated farming communities and fiercely protective of their privacy. They reject modern technology and follow a way of life that has not changed since the 16th century. They tend the fields and raise cattle, mostly to produce cheese. Their language is an old dialect of medieval German called Plattdeustch. They don’t allow marriage outside their community. As the 21st century brings modernity almost everywhere, Mennonites have found a place to settle in what they perceive is a little developed Bolivia, where they have enough isolation and freedom to follow their tradition without having to compromise their values.

    Photographer Jordi Busque was awarded a 2014 Getty Images Editorial Grant for his project Mennonites of Bolivia. Read more about Jordi and the the project.

    'My father would disappear for months at a time. Then, unexpectedly, he would come home. What he didn’t expect was what happened next. At seven years old, I was taken away from him, far away. It was October 1996. The Soviet Union had long collapsed, and by then so had my family. We had become desperate overnight: avoiding landlords and collecting bottles in exchange for food. One morning, my mom woke me and my brother to say we were going on a trip.’

    Reportage Featured Photographer Diana Markosian has been awarded the Firecracker grant, which supports female European photographers, for a project chronicling her quest to reconnect with her long lost father. Read more at Firecracker.

    Left-wing guerrillas have been waging a bloody war against the Colombian government and the population for the past fifty years. To carry on this conflict, The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN) and emerging right-wing armed groups have been recruiting increasing numbers of children and youths.There is no precise data on the number of child combatants in Colombia, only estimates. Human Rights Watch places the figures as high as 11,000 child soldiers. 

    Photographer Juan Arredondo has been awarded a Getty Images Editorial Grant for his project ‘Born in Conflict,’ which documents the consequences of Colombia’s ongoing war. Read more about Juan and the project.

    “I was waiting to try to photograph the exodus of refugees coming out of Syria. It’s a picture that’s very very difficult to get as a photographer now because all of the neighboring countries have really shut down their borders, so I stood outside of the smugglers village because I knew that they were crossing there. And every hour or so someone would come up to me and say ‘get out of here we’re going to kill you.’ And one guy came up to me and said ‘I’m going to get my knife.’ Another guy came up to me and said ‘just wait until dark, because when dark comes you’ll see all the refugees.’ So I put my cameras in my bag and I waited, and of course at dark they all started streaming out.” – Reportage by Getty Images photographer Lynsey Addario.

    Watch Addario talk about her career and the stories behind her images in this video.

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