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    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

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    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

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

    Photo by Larry Burrows Photo by Christopher Anderson Photo by Tim Hetherington

    A Form of Love is a new exhibition and book which explores contemporary conflict photography. Featuring some of the most iconic names of the industry, the photos will be on display at 205 A in New York beginning October 18. More info here.

    Photos by: Larry Burrows, Christopher Anderson, Tim Hetherington

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    Residents of the “Tower of David,” a building in Caracas, Venezuela, that was abandoned during its construction and became a makeshift home for several thousand people. (Photos by Alejandro Cegarra)

    Over the next several weeks we will be profiling this year’s new Reportage Emerging Talent roster. The first is Alejandro Cegarra, from Caracas, Venezuela. Alejandro originally took up photography as a hobby while studying publicity at Alejandro de Humboldt University in Caracas. After working for a year at an advertising agency, he quit to pursue photography as a fulltime profession. He has worked for Venezuela’s largest newspaper, Ultimas Noticias, as well as freelanced in his country for the Associated Press. Earlier this year, he was recognized in Magnum Photo Agency’s 30 Under 30 contest and was the first-prize winner of the Ian Parry scholarship. We asked Alejandro a few questions about his work and burgeoning career as a photographer.

    Q) Your winning portfolio for the Ian Parry Scholarship was a story about Caracas’ Torre de David, an unfinished skyscraper that was turned into a makeshift community of squatters. Where did they predominantly come from, and what is life like for the families who live there?

    A) In 2007, around 2000 people moved into the building: many were families with no place to live; others arrived because they were tired of the insecurity where they lived, etc. Mostly, the people who live in the tower come from the slums of Caracas, which form a ring of poverty around the city. Life in the tower is not easy: you have water one day per week; if you live in the high floors, you have to carry everything on your shoulders (beds, refrigerators, furniture). The garbage system is to throw everything out the window. They have problems with plumbing and other basic services. Also, they are prone to fall into the void [a large shaft in the center of the tower]. The tower has a lot of places that are dangerous to walk near. Two days ago, a pipe fell from one of the higher floors and hit a kid in the head. The kid later died.

    Q) The fate of the building’s residents remains unclear. What is the most likely future for the building and its occupants?

    A) The government has started moving out the squatters to new houses outside Caracas. They are going by their own will and mostly they are happy with the new apartments. Meanwhile, other inhabitants do not want to leave Caracas, and want new apartments in the city. I expect that, by the end of the year, the tower will be empty.

    Read the rest of the interview on Getty Images’ Stories & Trends blog.

    In 2012 and 2013, Islamist militants took over the northern Malian cities of Gao and Timbuktu. Imposing their own despotic version of religious Islamic law, the jihadists threatened to decimate the relics of Mali’s ancient past and suppress the lively spirit of its joyous communities. Women bore the brunt of this crackdown: they were forced to cover their brightly lit clothes with dark hijabs and face-covering burkas, and they were banned from work, school, or regular access to medical care. Many found ingenious ways to fight back: through small acts of defiance, and determined ingenuity, the women of Timbuktu stood up to the Islamists’ demands, and kept the unique spirit of their country alive.

    See more from Mali’s Resilient Women, by Katie Orlinsky

    According to musician Julian Bahula, South African law forbade photography of people being handcuffed by the police.

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    In the mid-1960s, photojournalist Ernest Cole set out to document life under apartheid in South Africa. He was arrested, and fled South Africa in 1966, and published House of Bondage in 1967. The NYU Grey Art Gallery is holding the first major show of his exhibitions, and we’ll be talking about the exhibit with Joseph Lelyveld.

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    A Honduran man appears overwhelmed after having walked for days only to be caught by US Border Patrol. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)

    Charles Ommanney’s photos from the US - Mexico border fence are on the cover of NPPA News Photographer magazine. Ommanney drove 3000 miles along the border for his documentary film ‘The Fence.’ View it on MSNBC.

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    Repost from @jbmoore6400 Just getting protective clothing (PPE), together for upcoming Liberia trip. Taking several dozen sets for one-time use, all disposable. From clockwise - sanitation wipes, goggles, anti-fog solution for goggles, hand sanitizer, surgical masks, coveralls, camera “condom,” surgical masks, latex gloves, boot covers. Rubber boots to be purchased locally in Monrovia. #ebola #photojournalism #liberia #gettyimages #mygettyoffice #johnmoore #gettyimagesnews

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    HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 30: A protester sleeps on the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex at sunrise on September 30, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government’s plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong’s 2017 elections. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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