Wednesday 6 May 2015 - Eye witness
"'Who is that Scottish woman who appeared in the TV debates?,' a young Englishman, distrustful of politics and reluctant to vote, asked AFP's Alice Ritchie as the general election campaign wound up. "Did he mean Nicola Sturgeon? 'Yes, I might vote for her.' I told him the Scottish National Party wasn't fielding candidates in England. He looked disappointed."
"The energy of the election campaign in Scotland - with candidates of all camps fielding questions from real people on the street - has been a sharp contrast to the stage-managed affair south of the border. It has left many English people a little envious, even if the SNP's nationalist rhetoric and continued commitment to breaking up the United Kingdom has generated hostility."
(Photo: AFP / Andy Buchanan)
Thursday 2 April 2015 - Eye witness
"For the past week I have been with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Switzerland in the marathon search for a nuclear deal with Iran," writes AFP photographer Brendan Smialowski. "Covering negotiations like these is as much about official photo ops as behind-the-scenes moments and features. As the negotiations dragged on, the ops got fewer and fewer, then dried up completely. But a photojournalist can go hunting for other moments to illustrate the story."
(Photo: AFP / Fabrice Coffrini)
Tuesday 24 March 2015 - Eye witness
"The surfers were there, limbering up on the shingle bank, well before the wave came in," writes photographer Geoff Caddick. "The River Severn on the border between England and Wales is world-famous for its bore – a rare phenomenon where the incoming tide forms a wave that rides against the current up a river or bay. I was sent to cover what was billed as a 'five-star' bore, with the Moon exerting an extra gravitational pull due to its alignment with the Sun and Earth after Friday’s eclipse."
(Photo: AFP / Geoff Caddick)
Tuesday 16 December 2014 - Eye witness
"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)
Monday 8 December 2014 - Eye witness
"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)
Wednesday 3 December 2014 - Behind the image
"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)
Tuesday 8 July 2014 - Eye witness
Paris-based photojournalist Joël Saget wanted to do something different to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy.
He came up with the idea of juxtaposing contemporary photos of them with pictures taken in wartime. The result is a moving tribute to these heroic men.
Friday 13 June 2014 - Behind the image
London-based AFP photographer Leon Neal this month covered the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. This is a version of his blog that first appeared on his personal site.
Tuesday 20 August 2013 - Eye witness
London is a powerhouse of international breaking news, but every summer the stories take a rather silly turn. Nick Morrison, a journalist and live reporter with AFP's multimedia team, explains.
Tuesday 28 May 2013 - Behind the image
AFP Photo/Jean-Philippe Ksiazek
The little girl in the photo, all grown up
A photojournalist covering history-in-the-making encounters thousands of people over the course of a career, and most are eventually forgotten. But AFP photographer Jean-Philippe Ksiazek got a jolt from the past recently when a young girl in one of his pictures from war-torn Kosovo contacted him 14 years after he captured her seven-year old’s smile.
Sunday 30 December 2012 - Behind the image
AFP PHOTO/Francois-Xavier Marit
The ripple effect: Backstroke from below
Between now and the end of the year, AFP is highlighting some of the stand-out images from 2012.
Today, photographer François-Xavier Marit talks about covering the swimming at the London Olympics, where these photos were taken remotely by camera at the bottom of the pool.
Sunday 23 December 2012 - Behind the image
AFP PHOTO/John MacDougall
Back in the saddle
Between now and the end of the year, AFP will be highlighting some of the stand-out images from 2012.
The first in the series is from AFP photographer John MacDougall, who captured dramatic images from the London Olympics. He was shooting the pentathlon, an underappreciated Olympic discipline where competitors must prove their skills in five events including fencing and riding an unknown horse. Chemistry between horse and rider is never guaranteed.
Wednesday 8 August 2012 - Eye witness
"After covering three successive summer Olympics for AFP, I find myself in unfamiliar territory: viewing the Games for the first time as a paying spectator rather than a journalist," says AFP's Andrew Newby, a multi-media reporter based in London. "I could never have imagined that the two experiences would be so different. Or that cheering in the stands is a bigger thrill than reporting the results of a race or match from a press box or at the edge of a pitch." (AFP Photo / Andrew Newby)
Thursday 19 July 2012 - Behind the image
London: The back story
In the run up to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, US network CBS has published online an AFP web-documentary that tells the back story of the city hosting the Games. Christine Buhagiar, who heads AFPTV Europe and Africa from the London bureau, describes how the project came together.
Monday 16 July 2012 - Eye witness
The Rolling Stones were doing a publicity outing to mark 50 years of music since their first gig, and AFPTV's Julie Jammot and Julie Cordier were tapped to join the media scrum to grab a few images of rock’s most durable quartet. But they ended up with more than that -- a solid hint from Mick Jagger himself that the group could return to the stage later this year. Julie Jammot tells us how they got the scoop. Rock-n-roll!