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    In the autumn of their lives, many South African grandmothers are still in the midst of raising children. HIV/AIDS has taken their sons and daughters, leaving them with the burden of raising their grandchildren. The loss of parents to HIV/AIDS has created 1.9 million orphans in South Africa, and, according to UNICEF, 64 percent of the orphans are being cared for by a grandparent. Most of the families live in poverty either in the rural areas or in the overcrowded townships in big cities. Growing up in an urban township is challenging for any child; neighborhoods are crowded and unemployment is high, along with prostitution, alcohol abuse, poverty, and crime. HIV/AIDS orphans are at even greater risk in these locations, as studies show this traumatized group is quicker to display antisocial behavior. HIV/AIDS orphans also become sexually active younger, thus exposing them to HIV earlier, a destructive cycle that many grandmothers are trying to stop.

     See more from A Generation Lost – Grannies and AIDS Orphans, by Jonathan Torgovnik


    Jonathan Torgovnik’s photographs on assignment for TIME of people watching Nelson Mandela’s funeral on television in Alexandra township, in Johannesburg, one of the poorest urban areas in all of South Africa, on December 15, 2013. Residents shared their feelings and thoughts on beloved Madiba’s legacy on the day the former president was buried in his boyhood village, Qunu.

    Visit Time Magazine’s Website to see the rest of the gallery.

    Jonathan Torgovnik is a photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more about him and see his work on the Reportage Website.


    In this week’s issue of the magazine, Xan Rice writes about the Somali chef and restaurant owner Ahmed Jama, whose restaurant, the Village, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, was attacked by the Islamist extremist group the Shabaab on September 7th (subscription required):

    The South Africa-based photographer Jonathan Torgovnik travelled to Mogadishu in June to photograph Jama, his restaurants, and the scarred, resilient city. A look at the photos:

    Top: Ahmed Jama near Mogadishu’s fish market, where he makes daily purchases for his restaurants. Behind him are the ruins of a hotel.

    Bottom: Jama surveys the fish market’s selection. “The mess always makes me want to run away,” he said. “But the fish is fresh.”

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12, 2001: A postcard with a aerial photo of the twin towers lays amongst the remains of the World Trade Center at Ground Zero. The postcard came from the observation deck on the roof of the towers; on the back it reads: “TOP OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, NY’s Theme Park in The Sky.” (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images).

    How do you establish a deep connection with a subject in a short amount of time? Jonathan Torgovnik heads to Arles in July to share insights on creating intimate and telling portraits of subjects in their environment. More info on the workshop here.

    Caption: Annasalie Mukabayizera, who is HIV positive, and her son Prince Rwangabo. During the 1994 genocide, Rwandan women were subjected to massive sexual violence, perpetrated by members of the infamous Hutu militia groups known as the Interahamwe. Among the survivors, those who are most isolated are the women who have borne children as a result of being raped. Their families have rejected both them and their children, compounding their already unimaginable emotional distress. An estimated 20,000 children were conceived during the genocide in Rwanda, and many of their mothers contracted HIV during the same encounters that left them pregnant. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)

    If you liked Reportage Journal Issue #2, which we debuted last month, you’ll love the prequel: Reportage Journal Issue #1. We released a print version of the magazine late last year and have now published it online. Among the work it showcases is that of Reportage contributor Thomas Peschak, who looked a threats to manta ray populations near the Maldives. He finds that overfishing and the trade in gill rakers for traditional Chinese medicines pushed mantas to the brink of extinction in many of our planet’s marine realms.

    The issue also features Sebastian Liste’s “Urban Quilombo” project, Jonathan Torgovnik’s report on Haiti’s recovery from the 2010 earthquake, and more. See the full online Journal here.

    (Photo by Thomas Peschak/Reportage by Getty Images)

    In the summer of 2012 we printed the first Reportage Magazine, which showcased the wonderful and inspiring work of the talented photographers we represent. We have now released the second issue, along with a full multimedia version of “God’s Ivory,” by Brent Stirton.

    Reportage Magazine is accompanied by an online version available on the Reportage website. We are proud to pay tribute to the photographers we work with, to recognise their talent, to put a spotlight on them and to tell the stories about the genesis and creation of their work.

    All too often the dedication and commitment of these extraordinary people is overlooked and the personal hardship and risks they undertake in order to create their stories is dismissed and taken for granted.

    Please join us in celebrating their creativity and passion and congratulating them on their marvelous achievements.

    Best Wishes,
    Aidan Sullivan
    Vice President Getty Images

    Reportage photographer Jonathan Torgovnik is among the photographers whose work is on display in “I Dream of Congo: Narratives From the Great Lakes,” an exhibition at Conway Hall in London until Feb. 23.

    ‘I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes’ will be a unique exhibition combining words and images from renowned international creatives alongside a groundbreaking exhibition of photos taken by women in eastern Congo.

    The exhibition and accompanying events will celebrate the hope and optimism that pervades in the region despite years of war. It will also pose hard questions around the international community’s inaction in the face of the conflict, the continuing illicit trade in minerals from Congo and the failure to stem the tide of sexual violence.

    The show is being produced by Congo Connect, a UK-based organization that raises awareness about issues affecting eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more about the show on the Congo Connect Web site.

    (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)

    Jonathan Torgovnik’s Intended Consequences, which documents children born of rape during the Rwandan genocide, will be shown at the Yangon Photo Festival, opening reception February 13.

    In his 12 years at Newsweek, Senior Photo Editor Jamie Wellford has been a friend, supporter and reliable drinking buddy of many Getty photographers. So it’s with some disappointment that we learned that last week was his final one at the magazine. As he heads to greener pastures, the editors and photographers here at Reportage by Getty Images offer their gratitude and wish him all the best in his next endeavor. We’ve also rounded up a few personal tributes from members of the Reportage family who knew him well.

    Alvaro Ybarra Zavala:

    "Jamie Wellford is and will be one of the most important people in my life as a photographer. He opened doors for me in the American publishing market and supported me unconditionally during my early years as a professional. I will never forget my Newsweek assignment in Iraq during which Major Megan McLung was killed by an I.E.D. shortly after I took her photo. On that dark day, Jamie was a great boss and a great human being. He is, without a doubt, an icon, leader and friend of my generation of photographers. Good luck Jamie.”

    Jonathan Torgovnik:

    "I’ve worked with Jamie for over ten years as a freelancer, and as a contract photographer for Newsweek from 2005 to 2010. Jamie has always been a unique, smart and concerned international photo editor. There are very few photo editors left that have the geo-political understanding of the world that Jamie has; it was a pleasure to brainstorm about world events with him. He has been a source of inspiration and a good, loyal friend for years. We will miss you and Newsweek."

    Benjamin Lowy:

    "I didn’t work extensively with Jamie, but nontheless he was one of the most important mentors and influences on my work as a photographer and a father. Every trip I made to the Newsweek offices - whether at 57th Street, down near Wall Street, or its final resting spot in Chelsea - was always an immersive photographic experience. Jamie was the last of a generation of Photo editors that made 8x10 prints of every photograph and essay that came across his desk. Amazing photographs from around the world that piqued his interest littered his desk along with books and magazines, tearsheets and post-it notes. He would let me sift through this treasure trove and would ask my opinion, not in a coy patronizing way - but in the genuine interest of someone who valued every image-maker’s opinion.

    "But it was Jamie’s experience and advice as a father that helped me the most, that helped me deal with the universal issues that all fathers deal with - how to be a good dad, and how to be a good man."

    Sebastian Liste:

    "Jamie was the first editor who opened doors for me in New York. I went to his office in 2010 with my first images from Brazil and the advice and feedback he gave me encouraged me to finish my project, “Urban Quilombo," my most important body of work to date. I’m forever grateful for the kindness and support he gave me."

    Marco di Lauro:

    "I’ve known Jamie for 15 years, and one of the last times I saw Jamie in New York I went to visit him at his office. He said to me: ‘Marco, I have to teach at the ICP tonight but I’m really tired. Why don’t you come by for just a half an hour to give a lecture. Your photography is beautiful and I love it, and please help me out!’ I told him I could, but only for a half an hour, because I had a date with someone for dinner. So I went and gave a lecture, and I was so struck by what a great teacher he was, and how amazing, challenging and smart his students were, that obviously I stayed longer than a half an hour — and lost my date!"

    Aidan Sullivan:

    "This industry attracts some extraordinary characters, disproportionally so considering how small a community it actually is. But our industry thrives on these characters and is better off because of them.  Their passion, commitment, vision and drive inspire and encourage the photographers they work with and the generation waiting in the wings. Jamie is one of these extraordinary people. Everyone who has had the pleasure and privilege to work with or for him comes away with more than they arrived with. He is the quintessential journalist, driven by a thirst for knowledge and an even more powerful need to pass that knowledge on to others. He is a friend and an inspiration and we all wish him every happiness and success in what lies ahead."

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