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When Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sent troops into the Republic of Georgia in August, photojournalist Jonathan Alpayrie rushed from his home in New York to cover the fighting. Like many other journalists who traveled to the region, he viewed the sudden war as a major story with international implications.
Unlike a lot of those other journalists, however, Alpayrie, a freelancer who shoots for Getty Images, was not heading to Georgia for the first time. He was, in fact, way ahead of the story.