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  • I had the honor of spending the day with Jim Obergefell in Cincinnati recently for The Washington Post. Jim and his husband John married on a medical jet in Maryland while John was suffering from ALS. “It was not a long marriage, just three months and 11 days — the time it took his husband, John Arthur, to struggle to say “I thee wed” and then die from ALS. Now their union, and the 20-year relationship that preceded it, is at the center of Obergefell v. Hodges, the title case of four appeals the Supreme Court will hear this month to decide whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry. For Obergefell, the case is simply about that tricky-to-pronounce name: He wants it on Arthur’s death certificate as the surviving spouse, an idea the state of Ohio, where same-sex marriage is illegal, opposes. Should Obergefell win, history books will likely take a more expansive view of his quest.”

    If you get a chance, read this beautiful story by Michael Rosenwald here. 

  • echosight:

    “But there are moments, walking, when I catch a glimpse of myself in the window glass, say, the window of the corner video store, and I’m gripped by a cherishing so deep
    for my own blowing hair, chapped face, and unbuttoned coat that I’m speechless:
    I am living. I remember you.” This concludes our interpretation of Marie Howe’s poem, “What The Living Do”. Thank you #echosight for having us and all y’all for following along! Continue following @annieflanagan in New Orleans and @maddiemcgarvey in Ohio. #doubleexposure #montage #columbus #ohio #neworleans

  • echosight:

    “Johnny, the kitchen sink has been clogged for days, some utensil probably fell down there.
    And the Drano won’t work but smells dangerous, and the crusty dishes have piled up” / This week we will be visually interpreting Marie Howe’s poem, “What The Living Do” bit by bit. This is an #echosight collaboration between @annieflanagan in New Orleans and @maddiemcgarvey in Ohio. #doubleexposure #montage #columbus #ohio #neworleans #birds #swim #mariehowe

  • echosight:

    Hello! This is @annieflanagan in New Orleans and @maddiemcgarvey in Columbus, Ohio sharing our intersecting imaginations with y’all. We are two photographers and filmmakers who are compulsive and curious with our art and are excited to share it with you! Thank you so much for following along! #maddiemcgarvey #annieflanagan #incrediblemaniacs #neworleans #columbus #ohio #echosight #doubleexposure #montage #multiexposure #collab #blend

  • I photographed a story about minors in solitary confinement for Mother Jones in October. The story focused on Kenny who spent 82 days in solitary confinement, once for 19 days in a row, after being sent to jail for stealing a car. Kenny, who was 17 at the time, heard voices, scratched his arms and banged his head, and felt suicidal while in seclusion. According to the article, “Research shows that solitary confinement can do lasting damage to kids’ brains. Yet dozens of states will routinely punish juveniles with days or weeks in the hole.” If you get a chance, pick up the Jan/Feb issue- it’s a very informative read on an important issue. 

  • Recent portrait I took for NBC News in Cleveland. Check out the story and more photos here. 

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    Next in our series of conversations with Reportage Emerging Talent photographers, we talk to Maddie McGarvey. Maddie graduated from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and later worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and at the Burlington Free Press in Vermont. She is currently based in Columbus, OH, where she has built a body of work focusing on social issues.

    Q) Much of your work is from the industrial Midwest of the United States. What changes are you seeing in the region and what stories do you feel are important to tell?

     I find the Midwest and the Rust Belt interesting and diverse places to shoot. I photographed a story on the revitalization of Pittsburgh after the fall of the steel industry and examined how people live there now within the changing landscape.  Many blue-collar jobs have disappeared and are being replaced with high-tech industries, and a lot of young artists are flocking to the city for the reasonable cost of living and interesting environment. This is a common thread throughout the Midwest, happening prominently in cities like Cleveland and Detroit as well.

     I’ve also seen family dynamics shift in the Midwest and beyond. I’ve photographed a story about grandparents raising their grandchildren for the past four years. Grandparents are stepping in to take over the role as parents again for a number of issues including drug abuse, negligence and the struggling economy.

     Ohio specifically is a great place to be a photographer because it has a little bit of everything. It’s a huge swing state politically, a melting pot of diversity, and has all of the potential to do amazing work right in my own backyard.

    Q) Several of your stories focus on health care and people dealing with medical issues. What draws you to these subjects? Are there changes that you hope to see in the American health care system?

    I don’t specifically set out to photograph health care, but have often found that there are so many compelling, personal, and unique stories that center around medical issues. For example, I worked on a story about two young brothers with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The younger brother is part of an experimental drug trial that has done wonders to reverse effects of the illness. The older brother, now completely wheelchair bound, doesn’t qualify for the trial and has to sit back and watch his younger brother take a drug that could easily save his own life. Their single mother goes up against the FDA on a regular basis to do anything she can to save her son and get this life saving drug. Working on this story really humanized the struggle of a David versus Goliath type fight against the FDA. Knowing that there’s an existing drug that could save your son who will only have about four more years to live if he doesn’t get it is a heartbreaking situation.  I just hope to see more positive changes in the health care system. It’s hard to sit back and watch something like that happen.

    Read more from our interview with Maddie on Getty Images Stories & Trends

  • Went for a walk at a place I used to frequent in high school. It’s so easy to be cooped up behind a computer all day– This was a good reminder to get outside and explore more, even if it’s familiar territory.