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    Caption: Floyd Mayweather rests while training at his gym on July 25, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. One of several images taken by Reportage photographer Benjamin Lowy as the fighter prepared for his match against Saul Alvarez, whom he defeated by decision. See more on GettyImages.com. Floyd Mayweather’s next bout is against Marcos Maidana on May 3.

    A photo from Benjamin Lowy's trip to South Sudan in December, when fighting broke out in Juba between government forces and supporters of a former vice president. In an editorial today, The New York Times writes that “a staggering 3.7 million people, roughly one-third of the population, are facing starvation in South Sudan, where a civil war has created a humanitarian catastrophe.” They add that United Nations officials say South Sudan needs $230 million more in the next 60 days to avoid the worst starvation in Africa since the 1980s, when hundreds of thousands perished in Ethiopia. Read more on NYTimes.com.

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    Juba, South Sudan | December 19, 2013 Nuer civilians hiding in the UN Mission base, wait for a chance to collect water after fleeing their homes following brutal battles between government and rebel forces. It is looking increasingly like a campaign of ethnic cleansing began in Juba and spread to the rest of the country, pitting two tribal groups - the Dinka and the Nuer - against each other. #photojournalism #documentary #reportage #southsudan #juba

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    From the story “The Melting Pot” by benlowy. Read it on Backspaces.

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    New York City, NY | March 13, 2014 Commuting. (at 2 World Financial Center)

    Pow, Right in the Kisbet

    Benjamin Lowy's photographs of Turkey's Kirkpinar wrestling festival are featured in the March issue of Men's Health magazine. In the annual contest, which takes place in the town of Edirne, 150 miles northwest of Istanbul, wrestlers coat themselves with olive oil before each bout and attempt to pin their opponents to the ground or lift them above their shoulders, often by grabbing an opponent's leather pants, called a kisbet.

    Read the full story in Men’s Health print issue or digital version, available via iTunes.

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    Stylin in Sudan! Keeping an eye on fashion, not conflict in South Sudan.

    Please check out the work on Ozy.com

    Reportage photographer Benjamin Lowy takes a look at something not often covered in South Sudan: fashion.

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    Sochi, Russia | February 15, 2014
    Lategram. Multi-Figure Skater.

    Shot on assignment for Harper’s Magazine.

    #sochi2014 #olympics #multipleexposure

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    Coney Island, NY | January 1, 2014 Only Satan can stay warm enough during a cold weather dip in the Atlantic Ocean for the annual New Year’s Day Polarbear club plunge. 
After my long night at Penn Station with @ruddyroye I decided some cold, cold water would keep me up and running.
#portrait #photojournalism #documentary #reportage #polarbearclub #coneyisland #nobikini #itsjustamask

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    New York City, NY | January 1, 2014 War and Peace and PDA. I asked a newsstand kiosk operator if this was the craziest day of the year in Penn Station, “No, Halloween is much more violent, New Years everyone is drunk but no fights.”
    As soon as the New Year began, I jumped in my car and made my way to NY Penn station. My meeting point with @ruddyroye My friend, inspiration, and photo comrade. We had both decided to spend New Years with our families, but head to Penn Station to document the after - The revelers returning home, the homeless trying to stay warm, NYers from all walks of life interacting in the travel hub.
    #photojournalism #documentary #reportage #portrait #newyorkcity #pennstation #ruddyandbenphotosafari #streetphotography #newyear

    The sports commentariat is again debating the brutality of mixed martial arts in the wake of Saturday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, in which Anderson’s leg snapped like a stick when it collided with his opponent’s knee. Time Magazine’s Sean Gregory tried to put the injury in context: 

    [T]his horrific injury is a disaster for the sport. It happened on one of the most important nights in UFC history. This was Silva-Weidman, the sequel, which UFC president Dana White called “the biggest fight we’ve ever done.” … Silva’s injury does not make MMA too violent. MMA makes MMA too violent. It was a brutal night, for a brutal game.

    Reportage photographer Benjamin Lowy has photographed a number of MMA events in recent years, and finds that some of the most “exciting fights take place in back-room convention halls and small town meeting centers,” on the country’s amateur circuit. He adds: “Fighters hoping to make it big get into the cage with no hope of winning money, but with the promise of brutality. Fans watch eagerly and cheer with every pounding fist and spray of blood. If America can be likened to the Roman Empire, then cage fighting is our Gladiatorial games.” Above are three images from Ben’s ongoing series.

    Photos by Benjamin Lowy/Reportage by Getty Images

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