AMANDA RIVKIN is a photographer and writer who has been published widely in the United States and Europe including in Foreign Policy, Le Monde, The London Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, TIME and elsewhere. Currently she is at work on a long-term project documenting in portraits and oral histories the victims of Chicago municipal police torture under former Commander Jon Burge. For this work, she has received a grant from the International Women’s Media Foundation Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists and a fellowship from The Invisible Institute, a non-profit journalism outfit on the South Side of Chicago. Previously Amanda received two Young Explorers Grants from the National Geographic Society to work in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey documenting the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline route and Bosnia to examine the country’s postwar reconstruction; a Fulbright grant to Azerbaijan focusing on the role of women in society; as well as fellowships from the Dart Center at Columbia University, Yale University, and the American Council on Germany.
Her work, “Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain,” commissioned by Art Works Projects around the issue of child nutrition in Chicago, has been exhibited at Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, the American Corner in Trieste, and during “Hunger Week” at Loyola University in Chicago. Her work was exhibited twice at the Aleppo International Photography Festival, and her early work covering Chicago politics was displayed in Chicago as well as at Union Station in Washington, DC during Barack Obama’s Inauguration.
She has lived and worked abroad in Azerbaijan, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.