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)
  
SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA.  Architect Ivan Straus, 86, one of the star architects of the former Yugoslavia responsible for designing the Holiday Inn Sarajevo as well as Sarajevo's Twin Towers, sits in his living room at the dining room table on October 13, 2014.
     
  
NICOSIA, CYPRUS.  Stavros Agriotis, a Cypriot financial services executive, is seen in his home office on March 28, 2013.
  
REFAT, 19Refat, 19, a Ukrainian soldier from Crimea, sits on his hospital bed at the Main Military Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kiev, Ukraine 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.
  
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.  Fred Daniels, 31, the site manager of Growing Home, a community-based agriculture project, adjusts the row cover inside one of the facility's hoop houses where a range of root and leaf vegetables are grown in the high crime Englewood neighborhood on December 22, 2014.  Englewood is one of the neighborhoods most hard hit by violent crime year after year in Chicago but has not avoided the healthier food fashion, with the national organic grocery retail chain Whole Foods announcing that it will be opening a store in the neighborhood at 61st Street and Halsted.
     
  
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
  
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  A young dancer participates in Azerbaijan's Ballroom Dancing National Finals at a wedding palace in the Surakhani District on November 27, 2011.
  
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.
     
  
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.  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.  (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)
     
  
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal of
  
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
     
  
DANACI, AZERBAIJAN. An Avar woman works in the cornfields on September 14, 2013.
  
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  Khaliq Bagirov, 72, stands in the shell of his former living room in his partially demolished apartment at 5 Agil Guliyev Street, a building which was occupied by military families and stood beside the newly built Crystal Hall, the planned site for the Eurovision Song Contest, on February 18, 2012.  Bagirov lived in the apartment with his son, his wife and their two grandchildren until the government forced their eviction to clear the area surrounding Crystal Hall.
  
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  Gulnar Rzayeva, 35, wipes water from the face of her son, Suleyman Rza, 10, after washing his face before school in one of the last freestanding and undemolished homes on their block despite psychological pressure and the desire of city officials to turn it over to developers for more money on November 1, 2011.  Three families part of one larger extended family live in the home that is completely surrounded by the rubble of the homes of their former neighbors.
     
  
ULCINJ, MONTENEGRO.  The mother of bride Arnela Koluh, 23, of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, places a red scarf over her head as part of the traditional Bosniak wedding ceremony before entering the Pomerac Mosque on October 26, 2014.