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Newsletter: AP26, Rahmbo replaces Daley, Chicago Mayoral Election Images, new photo journal

Newsletter just went out:


A round-up of recents publications and news from Amanda Rivkin, photographer to kick off the springtime – because what says rebirth like a look back in time:


The American Photography 26 photo annual arrived recently, featuring photographic highlights from 2009 in photojournalism, fine art and commercial photography. Included is this image I took (at left) from January 29, 2009 of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in the Illinois State Capitol his final day in office for The New York Times:

More on American Photography 26 both on the AI-AP website and the amanda rivkin, photographer blog.


On February 22, 2011, Chicago got a new mayor – a rare, once-in-a-generation event if someone named Daley was in power at the time of your birth, growth or development. For the first time in more than 21 years and after nearly half a century of Daley family-rule at the helm of Chicago politics, a new mayor was anointed: Rahm Emanuel. Receiving 55% of the vote, not quite the 120% figure that was floated on late night television talk shows roughly in line with only-in-the-third-world results, Emanuel avoided a run off and became the city’s first Jewish mayor with sweeping citywide margins (including 59% of the black vote).

View images from election day from Rahm Emanuel’s victory party at the plumbers’ union hall (also available in B+W) and former mayoral candidate/former (and the first and only black female) U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun vote on election day at PhotoShelter.


Valentine’s Day 2011 – my valentine to the world: a 2,000 word literary essay on Chicago politics, appears in Brooklyn-based Fortnight Journal chronicling 21 years of life under Little Richie M. Daley in Chicago. Neatly presented in five sections are the five pillars of the Fifth Floor (the mayor’s executive suite) under the younger Daley: efficiency, cohesion, racial reconciliation, and the promulgation of both dynastic and tribal traditions.

Read it at Fortnight Journal.


In an effort to get hip to the things the kids are up to and reach both people my own age with my images and commercial clients interested in the increasingly verité style of advertising, I have launched a new photo journal blog using the popular Tumblr format.

Visit the new photo journal Tumblr blog.


I am fond of saying I do not have to like the modern world, I just have to live in it. That said, this translates into social media relevancy (or irrelevancy). In any event, I am maintaining pages on both Facebook and Twitter these days for the Facebook-erati and the Twitterati. To my amazement, some of the literati have actually followed suite. Go figure. I can only promise you will never know what I ate for dinner.

As always, thank you for your interest and attention to my work.

Warm regards,

Amanda Rivkin