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Rajeev Goswami, a 20-year-old student, sets himself on fire during a protest in Kalkaji near Delhi on September 19, 1990. (AFP PHOTO /RAVEENDRAN)

(AFP Photo / Raveendran)


India through a lens


When the 20-year-old Rajeev Goswami set himself on fire at a student protest in 1990, R. Raveendran was there to capture the desperate act. His shot triggered a surging wave of demonstrations, and indirectly brought down the Indian government. Ravee, as he is universally known, has hung up his camera after a staggering career of more than 40 years at AFP's Delhi office. "It's been a fascinating four decades," he says of his journey. "I wouldn't change it for anything."

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Above the fold

On a tiger safari

Friday 19 December 2014 - Eye witness

A picture taken by a passerby shows an alleged tiger on the loose walking in Montevrain, east of Paris, on November 13, 2014 (AFP PHOTO / COURTESY OF JULIE BERDEAUX)

On a quiet Thursday in November, an AFP reporter in Bobigny, north Paris suburbs, receives a phone call from a flustered police officer, who dialed his number by mistake. «Hello, Jerome? Call back the fire brigade. We can’t find IT.” "IT, as we are about to find out, is the TIGER," writes Eve Szeftel, who spent two days in pursuit of the bloodthirsty beast -- under the amused eye of the world’s media.

(AFP / Julie Berdeaux)

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Welcome to Hell, Victorian-style

Tuesday 16 December 2014 - Behind the image

Sewer technician Tim Henderson shovels the fat as he works in the intersection of the Regent Street and Victoria sewer in London on December 11, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS)

"I squeezed through the hole in the middle of the road," writes AFP photographer Adrian Dennis after taking a grisly trip into the belly of London's sewers. "Near the bottom of the ladder, I struggled to get my boot through the 'goo' and onto the last rung before stepping off backward into waist-deep 'porridge'. My harness unhooked, the sewer technician whispered, 'Welcome to hell!'"

(AFP Photo / Adrian Dennis)

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Open House at the CIA

Monday 15 December 2014 - Eye witness

The lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Headquarters in Langley, Virginia (AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB)"The fresh-faced staff members scurried back and forth among the rows of chairs. They were clearly nervous," writes AFP's Pentagon reporter Dan De Luce, after covering the first ever live news conference held inside CIA headquarters -- as the spy agency scrambled to respond to revelations its operatives tortured Al-Qaeda suspects after the September 11 attacks.

(AFP Photo / Saul Loeb)

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The night Ferguson caught fire

Monday 15 December 2014 - Eye witness

US-CRIME-POLICE-RACE-UNRESTAFP video journalist Loic Hofstedt was in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014, the night a grand jury decided not to press charges against the white police officer who shot dead Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. He was injured in the head as rioting broke out in anger at the verdict. "I was just doing my last shots, and I told myself I'm going to get the hell out of here. It happened in a second -- I knew immediately it was a brick because I could hear them flying all around me."

(AFP Photo /Jewel Samad)

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Contagious as fear

Friday 12 December 2014 - Eye witness


A billboard with a message about Ebola in Freetown, on November 7, 2014.  (AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG)

"Travelling to Sierra Leone to report on the Ebola crisis, I was expecting a country paralysed by the epidemic, full of people in rubber boots, gloves and masks – avoiding each other like the plague. And it was nothing like I had imagined," writes AFP video journalist Celine Clery, who travelled to the west African country, among the world's poorest, in November to find a capital still buzzing with life. "Everywhere we found a fighting spirit, looking for ways to move forward once the epidemic is over."

(AFP Photo / Francisco Leong)

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Dead soldiers in the snow

Tuesday 9 December 2014 - Behind the image

The recently damaged Savur Mogyla monument to Red Army soldiers fallen in World War II, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Snizhnee on December 7, 2014 (AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG)

"It was bitterly cold on the hilltop, with an icy wind whipping up gusts of snow. We had come to attend a ceremony in memory of fallen pro-Russian rebels -- held at the vast Savur-Mogyla World War II memorial," writes AFP photographer Eric Feferberg. "It is a truly Dantean complex that was partly destroyed in fighting between Ukrainian government troops and separatists in July and August. Being there, you had both a sense of real beauty and nostalgia, and of utter desolation."

(AFP Photo / Eric Feferberg)

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Brawl at the Hall

Monday 8 December 2014 - Eye witness


Participants land punches during the "Brawl at the Hall

"I picked up the “Brawl at the Hall” assignment in Bethnal Green, East London, late on a Thursday night. An interesting feature about white-collar boxers – City workers who trade their suit and tie for a pair of boxing gloves in the evening," writes AFP photographer Adrian Dennis. "Nine matches on the card. The fighters, a solicitor, a banker and an IT consultant, every one of them brave and committed. Quite unlike a normal sporting venue, with strict rules on where you can sit or venture, it became evident I had complete freedom to work."

(AFP Photo / Adrian Dennis)

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No frills at Victoria's Secret

Wednesday 3 December 2014 - Behind the image


Brazilian model Adriana Lima during the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London on December 2, 2014 (AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL)

"As the time of Christmas stockings draws near, my gift came early with the Victoria's Secret 2014 show," writes AFP's Leon Neal, sent to cover the celebrity-packed lingerie show in London. "But I knew this was a serious event on the photographer’s calendar, not to be taken lightly however frilly the subject." For it is a fact of the news business: smiling, scantily-clad supermodels often drive more sales than headline politics, sports or entertainment.

(AFP Photo /Leon Neal)


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