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.
ESKISEHIR, TURKEY.  Dancer accompanying Shoria, Russian Federation's Cildiz Tannakeseva (at left) are seen backstage before the Turkvision Song Contest semifinals at the Besyo Sport Stadium at Anadolu University on December 19, 2013.
REYHANLI, TURKEY.  Syrian children play in a junkyard of old, abandoned and destroyed vehicles at the entrance to the Reyhanli tent city in Reyhanli, Turkey on February 26, 2012.  As the year old rebellion against the rule of Bashar Al-Assad continues just across the border in Syria, Turkey has seen a continued influx of refugees from the Syrian conflict but has not granted them refugee status and instead considers them to be
ISTANBUL, TURKEY.  Turkish children light a paper lantern at a protest in Taksim Square after a week of protests led to police being barricaded out of and withdrawing from the square as it transforms increasingly into a free, carnival-like zone in Istanbul, Turkey on June 6, 2013. The crisis which began over construction of a park and plans to reconstruct Ottoman barracks and a shopping mall has evolved into Turkey's biggest political crisis in decades as Turks express frustration with the current AK Party, Justice and Development Party, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA.  Women huddle together under umbrellas amidst throngs of worshippers on St. Teklahaymanot Day at the Teklahaymanot Church on August 30, 2007.
KOSICE, SLOVAKIA.  An old woman or babka walks down the Main Street early in the morning on June 3, 2010.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.  A concert in Preston Bradley hall at the Chicago Public Library and Cultural Center, a Chicago landmark, at 78 E. Washington on March 23, 2009.  (Credit: Amanda Rivkin for The New York Times)
NICOSIA, CYPRUS.  Foreign domestic workers from the Philippines enter Tripoli Park on March 24, 2013.  As the IMF, the EU and Cyprus hammer out a deal in Brussels to save the Cypriot banking sector, known for its abundance of offshore accounts, many in Cyprus have withdrawn as much as they can from their accounts at ATMs and are fearful for what the coming week might hold; domestic workers say that many of their friends have been sent home to their native countries as their bosses struggle to pay them.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.  Stag and soon to be married (second from left) Michael Klos, 23, receives a table top lap dance as friends (l-r) Roald de Jongh, 24, Ronald Stelt, 23 and Herman Bruinslol, 23, of Rotterdam, the Netherlands look on at Hot Peppers in Prague, Czech Republic on August 12, 2011.
MOSCOW SHEREMETYEVO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, RUSSIA.  A model of an American astronaut on the bar of the TGI Fridays at the Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Terminal D on January 31, 2012.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN.  A mother and child before the Ford press previews at the Detroit Auto Show on January 11, 2009.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.  Owner Mike Elsheikh styles Angela Brumfield's hair at Obama's Hair Design at 430 S. Dearborn in downtown Chicago on January 9, 2009.  Obama's Hair Design was formerly a very established local salon named Osama's Hair Design before a change of ownership forced the new name on Nov. 3, 2008, the day before Barack Obama's historic election victory.  (Credit: Amanda Rivkin/Agence France Presse - Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY.  Two women are seen in the backseat of an SUV exiting Istanbul Fashion Week outside Antreppo 3, a warehouse-like venue on the Boshporous in Tophane, after the Soul by Ozgur Masur fashion show on October 12, 2012.
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.
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.
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.
ZAGULBA, AZERBAIJAN.  Nika Azimova, the wife of the deputy foreign minister, goes to kiss her son as he naps in their coastal apartment dacha at Government Resort Number Two on September 25, 2011.  Government Resort Number Two is beside Government Resort Number One, President Ilham Aliyev's summer palace.
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.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO.  Alicia Barrera Rosales, 32, awaits a ritual bath in the courtyard of Margarita Velasco Ortega's house on June 23, 2008.  Barrera Rosales visited Velasco Ortega's stall at the Mercado de Sonora four days before seeking help with her romantic and financial future.
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)
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA.  The Ethiopian patriarch visits the 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)
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.
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.