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    The Berlin Wall Revisited

    Do you recognize any of the people in the above photographs? For the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, which began on November 9, 1989, Reportage photographer Tom Stoddart is trying to track down some of the people he originally photographed at the time so he can photograph and interview them now, a quarter-century on.

    Photos by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

    Help us find the people in these photos from the fall of the Berlin Wall. Please contact the project on Twitter at @fallofwall1989 if you can identify anyone.

    After an earthquake, a woman waits for aid to arrive at her village near Anjar, Gujarat, India. This photo was taken in 2001 by Reportage photographer Tom Stoddart, who is a longtime user of Leica cameras. He recently spoke to the BBC about the history of Leica and number of his favorite photographs and those by other Leica users. Watch the BBC video here.

    (Photo by Tom Stoddart/Reportage by Getty Images)

    On Christmas Day in 1914, German and British soldiers, entrenched on the battlefield at Flanders, Belgium, declared a truce and played football in No Man’s Land. Captain Robert Hamilton of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment wrote in his diary that this was: ‘A day unique in the world’s history’

    To mark the 100 year anniversary of World War I, Reportage photographer Tom Stoddart traveled to the key battlefields and monuments of The Great War. See more from his project Shadows of War, and view the multimedia here.

    Reportage Photographers Honored in NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism

    The National Press Photographers Association announced the winners of their annual awards this week, which included several photographers from the Reportage roster:

    Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

    1st Place - Contemporary Issues Single

    1st Place - Best Published Picture Story (Larger Markets): “Maggie”

    Ed Ou

    1st Place - Environmental Picture Story: “The Polar Bear Hunters”

    2nd Place - Environmental Single

    Paula Bronstein

    2nd Place - International News Single

    2nd Place - International News Picture Story: “Typhoon Haiyan

    Brent Stirton, Tom Stoddart, Andrew Hida and Bryan Christy

    3rd Place - Team Multimedia: “God’s Ivory”

    Other members of the Getty Images family also received awards. Global Assignment photographer Charlie Shoemaker won 3rd Place in the pictorial category and an Honorable Mention for International News Picture Story on his coverage of Nelson Mandela’s funeral; Getty Images freelancer Suhaimi Abdullah won an honorable mention in Sports Action; and Tony Bo received 2nd Place in Contemporary Issues Picture Story. Congrats again to these photographers and this year’s other winners.

    Caption: An emotional goodbye as the reality of leaving home hits him, a Filipino man cries while on board a US military C-130 aircraft as he is about to be evacuated along with thousands of victims of typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, November 13, 2013. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

    Photo by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images Photo by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images Photo by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

    The Berlin Wall Revisited

    Do you recognize any of the people in the above photographs? For the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, which began on November 9, 1989, Reportage photographer Tom Stoddart is trying to track down some of the people he originally photographed at the time so he can photograph and interview them now, a quarter-century on.

    Tom is sharing images of specific interest on a Twitter account he created for the project: @fallofwall1989. You can also pore over Tom’s Berlin Wall archive, which is viewable on the Getty Images Web site. If you do recognize any of the people in the photographs, please direct message the above Twitter account.

    We appreciate your help in broadcasting Tom’s search and his effort to shed new light on this historical moment and its participants.

    Photos by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

    Attacks on healthcare workers and facilities have become a common feature of violent conflict throughout the world. From Syria to Somalia, there is a dangerous lack of respect for the neutrality of these institutions and personnel: hospitals are shelled; ambulances are fired upon; the wounded languish for hours in checkpoint queues. To raise awareness of this crucial yet overlooked humanitarian crisis, the International Committee of the Red Cross has teamed with Reportage by Getty Images to create their “Health Care in Danger” campaign, which urges people to respect healthcare and healthcare workers in wars.

    To imbue the campaign with a sense of reality equal to the tragedy, the ICRC enlisted Reportage photographer Tom Stoddart, who drew on his experience of working in conflict zones. In the video below, Tom, along with staff from the ICRC and Getty Images, explains how he created these images to reflect real-world scenarios.

    Getty Images BTS ICRC shoot from Reportage by Getty Images on Vimeo.

    The ads will appear on bus shelters and in metro stations across seven European cities throughout December: Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Madrid, Warsaw, Brussels and Paris.

    You can learn more about the ICRC’s “Health Care in Danger” campaign on the organization’s Web site. See more work by Tom Stoddart and other Reportage photographers here.

    From school, most [of Tom Stoddart’s] peers said Auf Wiedersehen Pet, and went off to build a life rebuilding Germany. Tom, however, spied an advertisement in the Berwick Advertiser for a photographer. Only having really achieved in English at school, a 17-year old Tom saw this as a platform to being a reporter and successfully applied - success more down to having just passed his driving test than any photographic portfolio. After day two, and an assignment photographing on location at a Women’s Institute party, he knew photography was for him.

    Reportage Photographer Peter Dench recently sat down with his colleague Tom Stoddart and talked about a life in photography. During a long and varied career he has witnessed such international events as the war in Lebanon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the election of President Nelson Mandela, the bloody siege of Sarajevo and the wars against Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Read more on Peter’s blog.

    A selection from Tom Stoddart’s “Perspectives” will be exhibited at White Cloth Gallery from the 3rd October 2013 - join Tom, and special guests, Miniclick, for a unique evening on the 2nd October; tickets are available here.

    Photo by Tom Stoddart/Reportage by Getty Images

    Tom Stoddart’s Most Meaningful Photo

    For 25 years, the international photojournalism festival Visa Pour L’Image has been bringing together people who care deeply about the craft and its responsibility to give voice to the vulnerable and help the world see itself.

    It’s a responsibility not taken lightly.

    In honor of this, our Reportage by Getty Images photojournalists took some time to talk about which of their images has had the most significant impact on them over their long and storied careers. This is the first installment of the series.

    Tom Stoddart: Woman of Sarajevo, 1993

    It was 1993 and the Siege of Sarajevo was at its bloodiest.

    I was working on a photo-essay documenting the lives of women in that war torn city. Each day the women braved the shelling and snipers who took aim as they queued for water or bread at distribution points. In the suburb of Dobrinja the streets were especially dangerous and people didn’t venture out unnecessarily. There was sniping and I was sheltering by sand bags when suddenly a woman appeared in the deserted street. Her head was held high and she was wearing lipstick, heels and a colourful dress. I shot three or four frames on a Leica as she moved past me, then she was gone.

    When my story landed on the picture desk at LIFE Magazine they asked me to go back to Sarajevo to try to find the woman and interview her. Days later Meliha Vareshanovic told me, “My message to the watching gunmen who surround my city is simple, you will never defeat us!”

    Two decades after I photographed her, I returned to Sarajevo to meet Meliha again. She was 57 and still strikingly beautiful and full of life. We chatted about the image and the fact that actress Angelina Jolie loved the picture and had it framed on her studio wall when she was editing her film In the Land of Blood and Honey.

    Meliha told me the picture I took was during very painful time for her, taken just a couple of months after her mother died.

    “I didn’t want to show that pain in my face,” she said. “My mother had a heart attack – she was not wounded, not killed, but what happened to her was because of the war, because there was no medicine, no drugs and no food. I am speechless that Angelina Jolie felt so inspired by my picture – so pleased and surprised. Angelina is one of the most beautiful women in the world and when I hear this I feel breathless.”

    See a related feature about the women of Sarajevo on the Reportage Web site.

    Tom Stoddart began his career as a freelance photographer in 1978 and later worked extensively for the Sunday Times. Read more about him here.


    On this day in 1994 Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the president of South Africa.

    Photos by TOM STODDART

    Tom Stoddart Archive

    Clockwise from top:

    Lines of people wait in the dawn light to vote in the election

    Supporters of the African National Congress (ANC) at a rally addressed by ANC leader Nelson Mandela

    Two Supporters at an April 1994 ANC (African National Congress) rally in South Africa peer from behind a sign bearing the image of their President Nelson Mandela

    See more photos by Tom Stoddart.

    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

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