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Newsletter: [Subject Line Should Read] Verve Photo / Holiday Print Sale / CHICAGO!

Newsletter went out today, sadly, sigh, with a mistaken subject line that ought have read “Verve Photo / Holiday Print Sale / CHICAGO!” Hopefully the fact that it accidentally went out with the last newsletter subject line will not deter folks because this has some new images from Azerbaijan and Rahm Emanuel on the campaign trail for Chicago mayor that have not been seen before:

First off, happy holidays to one and all! Some recent news, updates and events…


Today on Verve Photo, Geoffrey Hiller’s popular photo industry blog, one of my images from my work following the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline route last summer is featured:

From the story behind the image:

“The group of people who took me to this beach were Bakuvian urban elites, a banker, a PhD student in Germany, among others who had professional jobs that ensured that when they went to the beach it was more private, less polluted and in turn more expensive. It was a strange site, the two groups representing the two Azerbaijans. The fact that many on this particular beach swam in clothing or underclothing was something that surprised the group I had traveled there with, reminding me of something one very affluent and sharp consultant to several local oligarchs, the sort of person who can survive under any regime, told me privately: ‘We have no idea how the rest of the country lives.'”


The holiday print sale I began last month continues through the holiday season. For the awesomely low price of $75 each (or $50 for student), I am offering up 17 different prints to choose from as part of this sale. Of course, if you see something you like more on either my website or archive site, drop me a note at

The extraordinarily low price is a one-time holiday season offering in an effort to see my work disseminated as widely as possible and find new audiences. I’ve been overwhelmed by the reception, with the prints being given as wedding gifts, housewarming presents and of course purchased by individuals interested in displaying the work in their own homes.

To order, please send an e-mail request to stating which print you are interested in and where to send it to. As I am a registered PayPal merchant, you can now pay by credit card as you would with any other electronic invoice. Ordering now means it should arrive in time for Christmas. And as always, thank you for your interest and support.


I am currently in Chicago through the new year and will be here as much as I can be until February 22, day of the Chicago mayoral election. As it is the first mayoral election in my hometown of any worth or significance since I was approximately five years old when the current mayor, Richard M. Daley, was elected “forever and ever,” I am learning much about multi-candidate elections in a one-party system. It’s quite the education in theatrics, chess, and bloodsports all in one.

Rahm Emanuel greets his supporters and poses for pictures at the opening of his first field office for his campaign for Chicago mayor on the South Side of Chicago in the Hyde Park neighborhood on December 11, 2010.

Having expected the current mayor to be mayor for life, much like his father who ruled the city for 27 years, Daley’s decision not to seek reelection for mayor after 21 years in office prompted the floodgates of Chicago politics to open. Rahm Emanuel resigned from his post as White House Chief of Staff to come home, only to find his residency is being challenged – presenting a barrier to what was supposed to be a stage-managed entrance. Others have come out of the woodwork of Chicago politics as well, including former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to New Zealand Carol Moseley Braun, Congressman Danny Davis, and others with less national name recognition. It promises to be quite the show.

If you need a shooter on this or other stories in the Chicago area and Midwest vicinity (the car/ruckus mobile travels with me), don’t hesitate. My contact information is below.

As always, thank you very much for your ongoing interest in my work.


Amanda Rivkin