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    "I’m from New York City. I had never even heard of the word ‘mushing’ before I covered the Yukon Quest,” Reportage photographer Katie Orlinsky tells National Geographic’s Proof blog in a recent interview. “But as soon as I watched the first dog team come into a checkpoint with their legs pounding on the sparkling snow and their paws covered in those funny neon-colored booties, I was hooked.”

    Katie was first exposed to the world of Alaskan sled dogs when she covered Yukon Quest, a 1000-mile dogsled race from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska. Later this summer, she visited kennels in Eureka, Juneau and elsewhere to see how dogs pend the off-season, and explore the bond between musher and dog. Read the rest of the interview and see more of Katie’s photos on National Geographic’s website.

    Katie Orlinsky is a photojournalist from New York City. She regularly works for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and various non-profit organizations around the world. She received the Alexia Foundation First Place Student Grant in 2012 and the POYI Emerging Vision Incentive award in 2011 for the body of work “Innocence Assassinated: Living in Mexico’s Drug War.

    All photos by Katie Orlinsky

    The drag-queen wrestler Saúl Armendáriz, who goes by the name Cassandro, at a Lucha VaVoom show, in Los Angeles, Calif. “You know who I fight in the ring? Cassandro. The guy who needs to be famous. Your ego is not your amigo. It’s Saúl against Cassandro up there.”

    Reportage contributor Katie Orlinsky recently spent time photographing Cassandro for this week’s New Yorker, accompanying a profile by William Finnegan. You can see more of Cassandro in and outside the ring in a short documentary, “Cassandro’s Big Fight,” shot by Katie and produced by the New Yorker and Reel Peak films.

    (Photo by Katie Orlinsky for the New Yorker)

    Competitor at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics in Fairbanks, AK. (Photo by Katie Orlinsky for Al Jazeera America) Competitor at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics in Fairbanks, AK. (Photo by Katie Orlinsky for Al Jazeera America)

    The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics were held last week in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Al Jazeera America reported on some of the 200 indigenous athletes in attendance:

    Ask WEIO athletes where they are from and the answer is always two parts. First is the name of a village far from the road system, usually on the coast or along an interior Alaska river. Chevak. Galena. Rampart. Deering. That is where family is, where subsistence hunting, fishing and gathering take place, where Native languages are spoken, where traditional games are practiced.

    Next comes where the athlete lives now. More often than not, it is one of Alaska’s larger cities, like Anchorage or Fairbanks. The urban/rural push-pull is a constant in Alaska. Culture and family draw people to the villages, but better jobs and education in the cities and, sometimes, social dysfunction and poverty in the villages, push people out.

    The games, which celebrate skills needed to live a rural life, are in flux.

    Read the article and see more photos from Reportage photographer Katie Orlinsky, on the Al Jazeera America website.


    A look at Katie Orlinsky’s photos of Alaskan sled dogs in summer:

    In Nepal, families prefer sons over daughters, and girls from low castes seldom go to school. Even well-off families send their boys to good private schools while girls must attend over-crowded public school. This devaluation of women in Nepalese society, along with poverty and a lack of job opportunities, has created a growing trade in sex trafficking. A study by the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Center estimates that as many as 7,000 women and girls are trafficked out of Nepal every year.

    See more photos from Bought & Sold, by Katie Orlinsky


    After nearly a decade of drug war violence, a widespread movement of vigilante justice is sweeping across Mexico. Men and women from all over the country have taken the law into their own hands and formed citizen police, or “self-defense” groups. The movement is particularly strong in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, where poverty, narcotics trafficking, and militarization have spawned bloodshed for decades. The citizen police of Guerrero are often at odds with government and army officials for their “vigilante” activity, yet many of the groups are technically legal due to the “Usos y Costumbres” clause in the Mexican constitution which grants indigenous communities a degree of autonomy.

    See more from Mexico’s Citizen Police, by Katie Orlinsky

    Reportage photographer Katie Orlinsky recently talked to the PhotoWhoa blog about reporting on the effects of the drug war in Juarez, Mexico:

    "There was also the narrative that the Mexican government was touting to wash its hands of the war, which was that if you were killed in “la violencia” you must have done something wrong and deserved it; they were basically saying that innocent people weren’t the ones dying. This is a big fat lie and I wanted to show that. I first tried contacting relatives of the murdered a couple weeks after their death was in the newspaper. It was never successful. Then I started going to support groups for widows in churches and non-profits. I was allowed to come in at the beginning or end and briefly tell them what I was doing. I handed out my card with my number on it, allowing people to contact me as opposed to the other way around. I kept at this for a few weeks and eventually the woman in the photo’s sister called me up. Her brother had been killed at the funeral of a friend and I think allowing me to come photograph the family felt like a way of clearing her brother’s name. I would spend days at their house, and the thing that stuck me the most was how badly her son was doing. He had become a real troublemaker since his father died. It was hard to get him to eat dinner, that’s what this photo is about. But it also raises important questions, like what kind of adult will this boy grow up to be? Or even what kind of teenager? Will a gang recruit him and will he try to avenge his father’s death? How anyone could anyone possibly say there are no “innocent victims” of this war boggles my mind."

    Read more on the PhotoWhoa website. See more of Katie’s work here.

    (Photo by Katie Orlinsky/Reportage by Getty Images)

    The Aqualillies are an underwater dance company that has merged the art of ballet with the athleticism of synchronized swimming. They began by giving synchronized-swimming fitness workshops and performing in pools at private events in Hollywood, and have now expanded into groups across the country. Photo by Reportage contributor Katie Orlinsky, whose photos of the Aqualillies are featured in this year’s PDN Photo Annual.

    Credit: Katie Orlinsky/Reportage by Getty Images

    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)

    Photo by Katie Orlinsky/Reportage by Getty Images Photo by Paula Bronstein/Reportage by Getty Images Photo by Marco di Lauro/Reportage by Getty Images

    Chris Hondros Fund Charity Auction

    Here’s your chance to bid on a great collection of prints from extraordinary photographers, and for a good cause. The Chris Hondros Fund has kicked off an online print auction that will culminate the night of its annual benefit, this year at Aperture Gallery in New York on May 7. Several dozen photos are on auction from photographers like Ernst Haas and Slim Aarons, plus several Reportage photographers, including (clockwise from top) Katie Orlinsky, Marco Di Lauro and Paula Bronstein. See the full collection of images available on the Paddle8 website.

    Tickets are also still available for the Chris Hondros Fund benefit. Read more on the Fund’s website.

    The Chris Hondros Fund was created to honor Getty Images photojournalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Chris Hondros, who was killed April 20, 2011, in a mortar attack in Misrata, Libya. Proceeds from the auction and benefit helps CHF advance the work of photojournalists who espouse his legacy and vision, and sponsor fellowships and programs that bring shared human experiences into the public eye.

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