|About the Artist:
Amanda Rivkin, 26, is a photojournalist based in Baku, Azerbaijan beginning June 2011. In the fall she will begin work as a Fulbright fellowship grantee in photography for a project focusing on women at the crossroads of Turkic, Persian, Russian and Western culture.
Amanda was previously based in Chicago in 2008-2009 with The New York Times as a primary client. A photograph of Barack Obama on election in Chicago appeared as a double truck in The London Sunday Times Magazine “Spectrum” special photojournalism section the week following the election. Additionally she received assignments from Agence France Presse, Courrier Japan, The Financial Times, Le Monde, and others.
In 2010, Amanda received a Young Explorers Grant from the Expeditions Council of the National Geographic Society to travel to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and eastern Turkey to photograph along the route of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline. She was the co-creator and primary interviewer for the initial series of “Turning Point” posts on The New York Times Lens blog featuring the work of young photojournalists alongside the work that inspired their own.
Amanda speaks native English and fluent Spanish, Portuguese and Polish. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Foreign Service, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Sarah Lawrence College.