Friday 5 July 2013 - Eye witness
"It was Christmas Eve 1979, and the French bureau chief was on holiday, soaking up the sun in Sri Lanka. The next thing I knew, Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan." After joining AFP in 1978, Sami Zubeiri retired from the agency this month. He covered every big story emanating from the volatile region, and here he looks back at some of the biggest of these. (Photo: The arrival of Soviet troops at Kabul airport in 1979)
Tuesday 23 April 2013 - Eye witness
It happens all the time: a newspaper publishes a photo of a child living in hard-scrabble poverty who is stricken by a disfiguring, possibly life-threatening condition or injury. The image is heart-rending, and people around the world ask: “How can I help?” CORRESPONDENT editor Marlowe Hood looks at recent photos from the AFP archives that have made a difference.
Monday 18 February 2013 - Eye witness
Qais Usyan, a self-taught photographer from northern Afghanistan who began working for AFP in August 2011, had already revealed an exceptional gift when his life was cut short on February 9th at age 25 after a brief illness. It is with pride and sadness that Correspondent publishes a sampling of his work, and remembrances from colleagues and family.
Tuesday 25 December 2012 - Behind the image
AFP PHOTO/Jeff Pachoud
No rest in Afghanistan
Between now and the end of the year, AFP is highlighting some of the stand-out images from 2012.
In this, the third of the series, photojournalist Jeff Pachoud, based in Lyon in southeast France, talks about how he captured this surreal image of a French soldier standing guard on the roof of an Afghan police barracks near Kabul.
Wednesday 17 October 2012 - Eye witness
AFP journalist Joe Sinclair, embedded with a US platoon on patrol in Afghanistan, was meters away when an IED -- "improvised explosive device" -- detonated, severely wounding Private Ryan Thomas. Sinclair captured the episode and its aftermath on video, and tells us how it unfolded. AFP photographer Munir uz Zaman was also on the scene, and his series of pictures follow the story up to Private Ryan's evacuation by helicopter. (AFP Photo/Munir uz Zaman)
Thursday 3 May 2012 - Behind the image
(AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)
Hitching a ride on Obama's secret trip to Afghanistan
For AFP photographer Mandel Ngan, a seat on US President Barack Obama’s secret, midnight flight to Afghanistan on Air Force One began with a phone call from the White House.
Tuesday 17 April 2012 - Behind the image
Afghan-born AFP photographer Massoud Hossaini describes the horror surrounding the photo that earned him a Pulitzer Prize this week. The image depicts the heart-breaking image a young woman, Tarana Akbari, shrieking while surrounded by bodies – many of them her relatives – in the immediate aftermath of a suicide attack at a crowded shrine in Kabul. Hossaini was metres away when the bomb went off on December 6, 2011, killing at least 70 people. (AFP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)