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The Women's Initiative:

In every country in the world, women are being abused, trafficked, bartered, sold, burned by fire and acid and killed, sometimes by their own families, for “honor” or anger.
 
The Alexia Foundation, recognizing that most of the time abuse of women in the United States is hidden, rationalized, ignored, and sometimes worst of all, quietly accepted by the women being abused, has created a grant to provide resources for a photojournalist to produce a project that illuminates any form of abuse of women in the United States but with global significance.
 
The Alexia Foundation’s main purpose is to encourage and help photojournalists create stories that drive change. While our traditional grant guidelines put no limits on the subject matter for grant proposals, a few proposals about women’s rights in the last few years have been so powerful that they have compelled the Foundation to create a grant specifically on the issue of women’s abuse.  Because this issue is so shocking and deplorable – but continues partly because it is so often unseen or ignored – the Foundation will provide a $25,000 grant so a project can be produced that will illuminate the horrors of what is happening, often invisibly in our own communities.

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Opening at the Half King in New York: Antonio Bolfo - IMPACT: Life on the Housing Beat

‘We were as green as could be, and like other Impact officers I hit the ground running with little to no knowledge of how to operate on the street.  Yet we were expected to  …  solve family disputes, console the parents of murdered children, and entertain the neighborhood drunk.’

- Antonio Bolfo

New York, NY — On July 24th, Antonio Bolfo’s photo exhibit of rookie police officers charged with patrolling a South Bronx housing project will open at The Half King. Bolfo undertook this photo project as an NYPD insider—for two years he worked in a police program called Operation Impact. With only six months of academic training, he and his confederates had to conduct manhunts, defend the helpless, and supply emotional succor to victims of violence.

On opening night, Antonio and Ed Conlon, former NYPD detective and author of Blue Blood, will moderate a slideshow and discussion of Antonio’s work.

The Half King - 505 West 23rd Street, NY, NY 10011    

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I write to announce that Eugene Richards will be leaving Reportage and Getty Images forthwith.

All of us at Reportage have been both honoured and privileged to work with Gene these past 3 years but we have mutually agreed that Getty Images is no longer the right fit for Gene and as a result he will be moving on.

We wish Gene and Janine every happiness and success for the future.

On a personal note Gene and I will remain close friends and I look forward to meeting with him regularly to discuss the industry , projects and which wine to choose for dinner.

Aidan J Sullivan
Vice President Photo Assignment,

Editorial Partnerships and Development
Getty Images

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Last night we hosted a presentation and discussion at Frontline Club in London between Tom Stoddart, Peter Dench, and Aidan Sullivan.  Here is the full video (yes, it’s 90 minutes long, but worth it!).

Dench: I grew up where books mattered.  As a photographer, the holy grail for me was, in 1990, a book and an exhibition.

Stoddart: It still is, even more so, because you’re not going to get 20 pages in the Sunday Times Magazine…photographers have to find different ways of getting their work in front of people…the number one thing is to be in the industry and find ways of getting your work out there that people want to see, no matter how you do it.

Dench: I call it “diversify or die.”

There’s a nice write-up about the event posted on the Frontline Club blog.

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At Home with John Irving

Shaul Schwarz debuts a new series for Time today, exploring the homes of famous and iconic personalities.  In this video he goes into the home of author John Irving.

Read more about the shoot at Time Lightbox.

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Whether on a grand-tour TV show or in an architectural magazine, it’s not too hard to see what a famous person’s house looks like. It’s also, thanks to paparazzi and tabloid photos, easy to see a picture of a famous person. But it’s less easy to capture iconic cultural movers and shakers truly at home—in both senses of the phrase.

That’s what photographer and videographer Shaul Schwarz aims to do with a new series of videos for TIME, debuting today with Schwarz’s visit to the home of author John Irving. “The environment sets you up to meet a person you already know,” says Schwarz.

The photographer asks his subjects what they do when they’re alone at home, really relaxing; for Irving, that question revealed a room devoted to wrestling, the author’s version of what Schwarz calls an “away-from-the-world zone.” Not that it’s automatically easier to access that intimacy when you meet a person in his own space. “Even if you have a new friend and you go to his home,” says Schwarz, “it takes a little bit to break the ice.” But when it does break, the end result is an intimate look at a celebrity, tending more toward a Sunday-morning-coffee-with-a-friend feel than a red carpet one.

“The location is, at the end of the day, some kind of reflection of the person. It’s all a vehicle to show a different look at the person,” says Schwarz. “We all know you can tell a little bit about a person from where he chooses to live.”

Read more about John Irving in this week’s issue of TIME: The Wrestler

Click here to see TIME’s archive stories about John Irving

Shaul Schwarz is an award winning photographer and filmmaker. Schwarz is represented by Reportage/Getty Images.

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Reportage photographer Shaul Schwarz has spent years documenting Mexico’s drug war and Narco Cultura.  He discusses his work and the current situation in Mexico in this interview with CNN.

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