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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).

    Jonathan Torgovnik was awarded a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography in 2007 for his project “Intended Consequences.” Torgovnik followed 50 women who were raped during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and who bore children as a result. The project was built through a series of narratives constructed from environmental portraits, audio interviews and textual reflections. “Intended Consequences” led to the creation of Foundation Rwanda, which provides assistance to the mothers and children.

    2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program, which has now awarded almost $1 million in funding to photojournalists. As we prepare to announce this year’s winners on September 4 at Visa Pour l’Image, we are taking a look back at some of the winners from the past 10 years. See more on In Focus.

    Marie, who is HIV positive, with her daughter Mary, in Gasata, Rwanda. During Rwanda’s civil war and genocide in 1994, many women were raped and bore children as a result.

    Intended Consequences, a series of portraits by Jonathan Torgovnik of Rwandan rape survivors and their children, is currently on display at Paris’s Albert Kahn Museum

    'I was living with the Boss Man. I don’t love that man, but because of the war, I could not deny him. He would kill me. I would die. So I would not refuse.

    I gave birth in the bush to a daughter named Mamiaye. And when the war ended, we came out to the town. He left me here. He never came again. Nobody said I want to take care of this woman with this child. You are a woman of a rebel. You killed people during the war. And now you come for forgiveness? Not here.’ - Janet, who was abducted by rebels at age 20 and forced to fight in Sierra Leone’s 11 year civil war.

    At this week’s Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN special envoy Angelina Jolie opened the event by saying that one of the goals was to end the disgrace that comes with being a victim.

    Girl Soldier, a film by Reportage photographer Jonathan Torgovnik, which chronicles the stories of Sierra Leone’s female child soldiers, is being screened at the summit. Watch the film here.

    UPDATE: Read an interview with Jonathan about the project on National Geographic Proof.

    PDN Photo Annual 2014 Released

    Photo District News has released the online version of this year’s Photo Annual, which aims to present the best photography from all genres, from sports to stock. We’re pleased to see several Reportage photographers in the documentary category: Antonio Bolfo, Ed Ou, Jonathan Torgovnik, Katie Orlinsky, Sara Naomi Lewkowicz and Sebastian Liste, whose image appears above. See all of this year’s winners on the PDN Photo Annual website.

    Above: From “On the Inside: Venezuelan Prisons Under Inmate Control,” shot on assignment for Time Magazine. Sebastián Liste was given a week of full access in March and April 2013 to the Vista Hermosa prison in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. The prison is unofficially and unquestionably run by Wilmer “Wilmito” Brizuela, an inmate serving 10 years for kidnapping and 16 years for murder. (Photo by Sebastian Liste/Reportage by Getty Images)

    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 2012: Grandmother Maria Mokoena (C), 62, lost two of her daughters to HIV/AIDS and is now raising her grandchildren: Ernest, 21,  Lebusa, 17, Teddy, 8, Happy, 13, Sharon, 15, Mbongeni, 17, and Lineo, 23. “I don’t know if the children are infected but they are fine so far. I teach them about HIV/AIDS and that they need to be careful. But they don’t know what happened to their mothers. They are too young to understand. Maybe when they are 20 years old I will tell them. It is painful to see the younger generation dying. This disease eats you from the inside until it is too late. I hope for a better life for my grandchildren. I want them to become accountants and lawyers.”

    Photo from A Generation Lost - Grannies and AIDS Orphans, by Jonathan Torgovnik

    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).

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