Katie Orlinsky

Visual Storyteller & Contributing Photographer
    
1,000 Miles
Location: North America
Nationality: American
Biography: Katie Orlinsky was born and raised in New York City and began her career as a photographer thirteen years ago. She has photographed all over the world documenting everything from conflict and social issues to wildlife and sports. For the past... read on
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1,000 Miles
Credits: katie orlinsky
Date of Work: 12/31/69 - Ongoing
Updated: 11/02/17
Dog sled racing, also referred to as “mushing”, is a defining symbol of Northern cold weather culture. Although relatively unknown in most of the world mushing is the official state sport of Alaska and has a long history throughout the region, from hunter-gatherer communities using dogs to pull sleds in the Arctic Circle 3,000 years ago to the European settlers of the Alaskan Gold Rush era. Today the defining symbols of mushing are the famous 1,000-mile dog sled races the Iditarod and Yukon Quest, as well as the men and women who race them known as “mushers.” Mushing happens to be one of the only co-ed professional sports where women and men compete on equal footing in what many consider to be the toughest races in the world in some of the harshest conditions known to man. Mushers continue to live that same rugged lifestyle all year long. The dog care of a kennel and training of a competitive team is a relentless commitment that requires years of dedication and hard work. Meanwhile dog sled racing has become even more challenging in the face of climate change in Alaska, now the fastest warming place in the world. Shrinking snowpack and increasingly unreliable river ice have made pre-season training nearly impossible across most of the state, and major races have been re-routed or cancelled. As mushing faces climate change head on, it threatens to not only change a sport, but also an entire culture and way of life.
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Newtok, a new beginning

By Katie Orlinsky — The Yupik village of Newtok in western Alaska, population 380, is sinking as the permafrost beneath it..
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Mongolia Dzud

By Katie Orlinsky — "Dzud" is the Mongolian word for a winter famine. This crisis occurs when extremely cold winter..
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The Last Hunt

By Katie Orlinsky / Alaska — Scientists call the Alaska “ground zero” for climate change, and last year was the..
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Children do not migrate, they flee

By Katie Orlinsky / Guatemala Mexico — Children Do Not Migrate, They Flee Over the summer, when a massive influx of unaccompanied children..
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Chasing Winter (in progress)

By Katie Orlinsky / Alaska
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Landing Page

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The Third Gender

By Katie Orlinsky / Oaxaca — In the largely indigenous communities in and around the town of Juchitán in the far reaches of the southern..
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The Conflict in Oaxaca

By Katie Orlinsky / Oaxaca, Mexico — Oaxaca is Mexico's second poorest state, with the country's largest indigenous population and a long..
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Cassandro

By Katie Orlinsky — Mexican professional wrestling, known as Lucha libre, is more acrobatic and theatrical than U.S. pro..
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Jerusalem Journal

By Katie Orlinsky / Jerusalem — In April 2010 I spent a week wandering around Jerusalem, from the Palestinian neighborhoods of east..
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Gaza in Limbo

By Katie Orlinsky / Gaza — The Gaza Strip, a sliver of land only 360 square kilometers, contains roughly 1.4 million people, making it..
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El Terremoto

By Katie Orlinsky / Chile — An 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile at 3:34 a.m. on February 27 2010. Only a little over a month after..
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Life on the Tracks: Central American Migration in Mexico

By Katie Orlinsky / Mexico — Life on the Tracks: Central American Migration in Mexico Thousands of undocumented Central American..
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The Women's War in Mali

By Katie Orlinsky / Mali — The Women's War in Mali Mali has long been known for both its rich ancient Islamic history, and its..
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The Aqualillies

By Katie Orlinsky / Los Angeles, California — The Aqualillies are an underwater dance company that has merged the art of ballet with the athleticism of..
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The Juarez Women's Prison

By Katie Orlinsky / Ciudad Juarez — At the women’s prison of Ciudad Juarez, an estimated 80 percent of the inmates are there for..
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Guerrero Vigilantes

By Katie Orlinsky / Guerrero, Mexico — Guerrero Vigilantes Over the past four years towns across Guerrero, Mexico have formed vigilante police..
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Innocence Assassinated: Living in Mexico's Drug War

By Katie Orlinsky / Mexico — Innocence Assassinated: Living in Mexico's Drug War In 2006, newly elected Mexican President Felipe..
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