Amanda Rivkin


AJKA, HUNGARY.  The rupture in the toxic red alumina sludge reservoir as seen from the top of a remaining piece of the reservoir's wall at the MAL plant on November 22, 2010, that sent a torrent of toxic red alumina sludge pouring into the surrounding countryside, several villages including Kolontar and Devecser and resulted in the death of ten individuals, including a 14 months old baby, injured hundreds and left several families homeless.
ANKARA, TURKEY.  Protesters gather on Kennedy Street to express their distaste for Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party, known by its Turkish acronym AK Party, on June 16, 2013. Since protesters occupied and were evicted from Gezi Park in Istanbul's main Taksim Square in late May, nationwide protests have followed in solidarity with the cause and against Erdogan.
KOSICE, SLOVAKIA.  An old woman or babka walks down the Main Street early in the morning on June 3, 2010.
GARADAGH BETWEEN SAHIL AND SANGACHAL, AZERBAIJAN.  Ibrahim Ibrahimov stands beside the Caspian Sea at the edge of his property as a sea of minows swims in the sea passed his feet on August 16, 2012.
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  A man drives by in a convertible as a woman walks down the street beside a demolition site where a parking garage, park, and tunnel are planned after the government forced the eviction of several residents over several blocks to make way for the new project in the Besh Mertebe neighborhood on April 12, 2012.
ZAYAM, AZERBAIJAN.  Women during the crying ceremony during the seven day ceremony, part of Azerbaijan's elaborate funeral rituals that include gender segregated commemorations of the deceased three days, seven days and 40 days after their death in Zayam, Shamkir Region, Azerbaijan, approximately four kilometers from the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, on January 3, 2012.  Compensation funds for land traversed by the BTC pipeline paid to the family of the deceased as a result of disruption stemming from the period of the pipeline's construction totaled under $1,000 and went to keeping the deceased healthy and caring for her daughter who suffers from tuberculosis.
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  Plain clothes police officers line up in formation after managing security during the Eurovision Fan Club concert on the Bulvar seaside promenade on April 29, 2012.
HAVANA, CUBA.  Customers pass through an
WASHINGTON, DC.  A vendor sells paintings of Barack Obama, including one depicting him as Che Guevara, at the
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA.  Women huddle together under umbrellas amidst throngs of worshippers on St. Teklahaymanot Day at the Teklahaymanot Church on August 30, 2007.
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  A woman looks out her window as her street is being dug up at the edge of an enormous construction site where a parking garage, park, and tunnel are planned after the government forced the eviction of her neighbors and several other people in surrounding blocks to make way for the new project in the Besh Mertebe neighborhood on April 12, 2012.
GIVRAKH, NAKHCHIVAN AUTONOMOUS REGION, AZERBAIJAN.  After a certain hour, relatives of the groom Farid Aliyev, 23, are joined by the village in dance into the late evening on the second day of a traditional three day wedding on July 14, 2012.  Traditional Azerbaijani wedding dancing is a traditional way of celebrating the bride's arrival the following day at the groom's home where she will live with the groom and his family.
SHUVALAN, AZERBAIJAN.  Small children pick through discarded garbage for sheep's intestines that have been dropped after slaughter during Eid, the festival of sacrifice, on November 6, 2011.
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  Haji Fataliyev, a watch repairman known as the best in Baku with a customer in his narrow workspace which is plastered with pictures of the current President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and the current president's father, former president Heydar Aliyev, on November 17, 2011.  (Credit: Amanda Rivkin for Madame Figaro)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  The Balaxani oil fields, one of the earliest oil discoveries in Azerbaijan and the most polluted area on the Absheron peninsula on the outskirts of Baku, with the high rise developments of Baku's booming city center in the distance on July 5, 2010.  Several thousand families, many refugees and internally displaced, live in Balaxani.
NAFTALAN, AZERBAIJAN.  Quliyev Jeyyub from Tartar, Karabakh in the disputed once Azerbaijani territory now occupied by Armenia, sits in an oil bath at the Sehirli Naftalan Health Center and Hotel on July 19, 2010.  Naftalan is famous for its oil bath treatments across the former Soviet Union and several such treatment centers exist in the town; patients are only allowed to bath for 10 minutes before having oil scraped from their bodies by a nurse attendant and showering.
BILGEH, AZERBAIJAN.  The Bilgeh Estates villas outside Baku, Azerbaijan on the Absheron Peninsula house some of Azerbaijan's few well manicured lawns as seen from the air on July 15, 2010.  Azerbaijan's tremendous wealth gap has placed the elite in a stratosphere above the rest of society and left the rest of the country behind in often near feudal conditions; prices at Bilgeh Estates begin at $2,400 for one week during the off season and soar to $5,400 a week in the peak summer months.
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN.  Couples make out on a dock on the Bulvar, the Caspian seaside promenade, in the middle of the afternoon on May 4, 2012.
ERZURUM, TURKEY.  A Turkish picnicker rocks her child as he sleeps in a hammock at a site near the Ataturk University in Erzurum, Turkey, 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 8, 2010.
NEAR DEBRE BIRHAN, ETHIOPIA.  A woman rides her horse down a muddy trail during the wet season five kilometers southwest of Debre Birhan, Ethiopia on September 2, 2007. As Ethiopians in the capital Addis Ababa prepare for the Coptic millennium celebrations on September 11, 2007, life in the countryside continues with little fanfare.  (Credit: Amanda Rivkin/Associated Press)