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World Press Photo: Nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass

Thank you, Newsha Tavakolian for nominating me for this year’s World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. It is an honor and I am grateful. Congrats as well to all other nominees. UPDATE: Orwell wrote “Any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.” That said, while sad I did not get it this year, grateful to Newsha Tavakolian for the nomination, everyone who has and continues to support my work and big congrats to all the talent who did. Take this and run with it.

New Event Added to “Sustenance” Programming: Access Through Excess

ACCESS THROUGH EXCESS: A ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATION February 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm According to the USDA, between 30 and 50% of all food produced in the United States goes to waste. At the same time, many Chicagoland children and their families experience hunger. As part of the current 625 at 6:25 exhibition, Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain, ART WORKS Projects​ and Zero Percent are pleased to present a community roundtable as we discuss how to prevent and rescue this waste, turning excess food into accessible nutrition. Please join members of the Chicago food community as we share ideas and brainstorm solutions. Participants to include: Goose Island Clybourn, The Signature Room at the 95th, Pilot Light Chefs, Gourmet Gorilla and the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Homeless and Human Services Division Free & Open to the Public Tell us you’re coming!

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2012

The following are the most viewed blog posts on this site over the course of 2012 that were published in 2012: 1. Best of 2012: Azerbaijan and Turkey (430 views) The best images from 2012 include images from Azerbaijan and Turkey. 2. CNN Photos Blog: Bachelor Parties in Prague (198 views) When friends living in Eastern European nations began complaining of noisy, drunken tourists in their historical towns, American photojournalist Amanda Rivkin wanted to dig deeper. 3. Baku Nights (164 views) Women dance on the table at the bar Shakespeare in Baku, Azerbaijan on March 17, 2012. 4. EurasiaNet: Baku Is Bulldozing Its Past (70 views) My images of demolitions and reconstruction in Baku illustrated a story by Ulviyya Asadzade and Khadija Ismayilova entitled, “Azerbaijan: Baku is Bulldozing its Past,” for EurasiaNet (April 27, 2012). 5. British Journal of Photography: VII Photo adds four photographers to Mentor programme (54 views) Photographers Laura El-Tantawy, Nafis Ahmed, Jošt Franko and Amanda Rivkin have been selected to join VII Photo’s Mentor Program 6. Look3 Festival of the Photograph: …

Look3 Festival of the Photograph: Masterclass Street Smart with Bruce Gilden

For the past week, I have been fortunate to take Bruce Gilden’s Look3 Masterclass Workshop Street Smart and attend the Look3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia. Leica and Canon provided generous support for the tuition-free workshop. In addition to their support, I was lucky to have been invited here by National Geographic Society’s Expeditions Council. They were also nice enough to take a few of us Young Explorers Grant recipients out to dinner along with National Geographic Magazine photographer Carsten Peter who spoke about some of his assignments that involved chasing and being jolted by lightning as well as his favorite vulcanoes. Thank you to everyone who supported my trip to Look3 this year! Here is my favorite image from the workshop which I produced for our street photography portrait assignments that will be projected in the pavilion at the start of tonight’s slide presentations at 9pm at the end of the downtown mall in Charlottesville.

Canon/VII Gallery Workshops, Fall 2010

About the VII Gallery Workshops The VII Gallery will be hosting a series of workshops this fall geared toward pro-am and pro photographers as well as videographers. All the workshops are free, thanks to the generous support of Canon USA. Submission Guidelines Fifteen participants will be selected to participate upon a portfolio review. To be considered, please submit a short bio (in the email) and a web link to your portfolio, or no more than 20 low-res images (1024@72 dpi), to:, by the deadline provided below. Please include “Workshop Submission” in the subject line and specify which workshop you are applying for. Selected participants must be available for the full two days, from 10am-6pm. The workshops will take place at the VII Gallery at 28 Jay Street, Brooklyn, New York (F-York). RON HAVIV Photojournalism Today October 25 – 26, 2010 This intense two-day workshop will explore the multi-faceted approaches to photojournalism and help guide participants on their own path. Discussions will include what is required of a photojournalist, not just in the field …