Amanda Rivkin

portraits

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.  Democrat Barack Obama waves to his supporters in Grant Park, Chicago through bullet proof glass after winning the U.S. presidential election, defeating Republican John McCain, to become the 44th U.S. president on November 4, 2008.  Obama gave his victory speech to a crowd of just over 200,000 supporters.
  
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS.  Beleaguered Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich prepares notes in his final act in the governor's office in Springfield before speaking in his own defense at his impeachment hearing at the state capitol in Springfield, Illinois on January 29, 2009.  Blagojevich said he rarely sticks to his notes but uses them for support and back-up.  (Credit: Amanda Rivkin for The New York Times)
  
SINCAN, TURKEY.  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a crowd of supporters after more than two weeks straight of protests across Turkey against his rule on June 15, 2013. Sincan is the site of the 1997
     
  
ERZURUM, TURKEY.  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan departs a political rally in support of the September 12 referendum which would change the nature of the country's constitutional court to solidify the hold of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) under the pretext that it would prevent future military coups, in Turkey's conservative far northeast city of Erzurum, the first major city near the route of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline in Turkey, located just 10 kilometers from the pipeline which traverses numerous villages near the city's airport, on August 13, 2010.
  
KIEV, UKRAINE.  Refat, 19, a Ukrainian soldier from Crimea, sits on his hospital bed at the Main Military Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on April 8, 2014.  Refat was shot in the left knee by a sniper on February 20, 2014 while trying to maintain a line of soldiers on orders and had the lower part of his left leg amputated from above the knee.
  
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  Young girls dress themselves appropriately for prayer upon entering the Shi'a Icherishahar Djuma Masjid or Innercity Mosque for Friday prayers in the old city on July 2, 2010.  Viewed as
     
  
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  Emin Milli, a blogger and opposition activist heavily championed by the West who was imprisoned for 17 months on hooliganism charges following a video he made satirizing his country's leadership, remarries for the second time a painter Tora Agabekova following his divorce from a previous marriage earlier this year after being released from prison on November 12, 2011.  To Emin's right is Adnan Hajizade, who served with him in jail and now serves as a witness at his wedding.
  
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  Khadija Ismayilova, a presenter on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Azeri-language internet-only station Azadliq Radiosu and Azerbaijan's most prominent investigative journalist who focuses on the riches of the ruling Aliyev family, appears on her producer's computer screen during a broadcast at Azadliq Radiosu's Baku studio on October 31, 2011. Ismayilova has uncovered myriad shady business dealings of the ruling Aliyev family in the telecommunications, aviation, and gold mining sectors; her efforts have been acknowledged in the form of a secretly recorded sex tape that appeared on the internet on a dummy mirror site of an opposition party that denied any involvement and pointed the finger at the ruling Aliyev family and New Azerbaijan Party, which in turn denied any involvement.
  
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  (Center) Gamar Tagili, 15, is quizzed on biology by her cousin Ayten (right) as her cousin Fatima (left) looks on in the Tagi family bedroom on August 18, 2012.
     
  
ALAKHI SANGORI, GEORGIA.  Mariam Aptsiauri and her husband Anzori Aptsiauri in their home on August 1, 2010.  While the Aptsiauris have received nothing yet in compensation for having the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline traverse their farmlands, destroying the possibility for continued agricultural production there because of damage to the topsoil and live in poverty, their neighbor Gia Obgaidze is likely the largest recipient of compensation funds in Georgia, which he used to start a chicken farm in addition to remodeling his home; according to an attorney who formerly handled compensation issues with the Young Lawyers Association, Obgaidze likely received 187,000 Georgian lari or approximately $100,000.
  
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  (L-r) Ibrahim Ibrahimov, an Azerbaijani oligarch and billionaire, is seen with his assistant and protege, Shahin Talibov, Vice-President of Avesta Concern, at the edge of the Caspian Sea outside one of several of his homes in the Garadagh region just southwest of Baku, Azerbaijan on July 18, 2012. Ibrahimov is the developer behind the Khazar Islands artificial islands project; in his private life, he enjoys building a home for his family, moving in, and then quickly tires of the property before building a new home on an adjacent lot on his seaside lands.  (Credit: Amanda Rivkin/VII Mentor Program for The New York Times Magazine)
  
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  (Center) Ibrahim Ibrahimov, an Azerbaijani oligarch and billionaire, talks on his cell phone at the breakfast table while seated between his wife (at left) Valida Ibrahimli and son Huseyn, 18, in one of several houses on his Caspian seaside property he used to inhabit with his family in the Garadagh region just southwest of Baku, Azerbaijan on July 18, 2012. Ibrahimov is the developer behind the Khazar Islands artificial islands project; in his private life, he enjoys building a home for his family, moving in, and then quickly tires of the property before building a new home on an adjacent lot on his seaside lands.  (Credit: Amanda Rivkin/VII Mentor Program for The New York Times Magazine)
     
  
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA.  Mary Kay saleswoman stands beside her Mary Kay white Chevrolet Malibu in the parking lot of the Cavalier Inn on June 4, 2012.
  
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.  Grant Newburger, 50, a supporter of Bob Avakian's Revolutionary Communist Party, in his apartment at 1230 N. Burling, a Cabrini Green high rise, on the corner of North Halsted and Division Streets on Chicago's Near North Side, December 18, 2007.  Newburger has lived and worked as a community organizer at the once notorious and now partially demolished Cabrini Green since 1996, fighting the Chicago Housing Authority's
  
SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA.  Henry Kissinger with the Texas delegation at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention at the XCel Center on day four, September 4, 2008.
     
  
ISTANBUL, TURKEY.  Mehmet Ali Agca sits in the lobby of the Eser Premium Hotel in the Buyukcekmece district on the outskirts of the European side of Istanbul on March 6, 2013. Ali Agca spent 30 years in jail in Italy for a 1981 attempt to kill Pope John Paul II, a plot allegedly supported by Bulgarian intelligence, although Agca now claims the Iranian leadership had a hand as well.
  
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA.  An altar boy during the visit of the Ethiopian patriarch at Holy Trinity Church, where former Emperor Halle Selassie's tomb rests, on the eve of the Coptic millenium, September 11, 2007.  (Credit: Amanda Rivkin/Associated Press)
  
DANACI, AZERBAIJAN. An Avar woman works in the cornfields on September 14, 2013.
     
  
GIVRAKH, NAKHCHIVAN AUTONOMOUS REGION, AZERBAIJAN.  Farid Aliyev, 23, and Khanim Veliyeva, 20, pose for pictures in his home on the third day of a traditional three day wedding on July 15, 2012.   Once the bride is delivered to the groom's family's house, she will stay with the family and live the rest of her life in her new home.
  
OCONOMOWOC, WISCONSIN.  Uncle Herm on Christmas Day 2010.