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Brendan Hoffman (b. Albany, NY, 1980) is a documentary photographer based in Kiev, Ukraine, where his work reflects his interest in the ways economic and political structures shape modern society and the weight of history on everyday life. He divides his time between client work and personal projects. His book-length project The Beating of the Heart is an exploration of contemporary middle class America in the context of free trade, the decline of blue collar jobs, and economic polarization through the lens of a small town in Iowa. Past assignments have included covering the  crisis in Ukraine for The New York Times, Getty Images, The Washington Post, and Newsweek; the 2012 US presidential campaign for TIME and The New York Times; and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti for Getty Images, The Wall Street Journal, and others. From 2007 to 2013, he was based in Washington, DC, and frequently worked on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Brendan has received awards for his photography from Pictures of the Year International, American Photography 29, the White House News Photographers Association, and other organizations. He has worked in a variety of countries for both editorial and NGO clients, and is a co-founder of the photography collective  Prime.