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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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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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D-Day, 70 years later

Friday 13 June 2014 - Behind the image

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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.

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'Cucumber time': Silly season ripens for UK press

Tuesday 20 August 2013 - Eye witness

This image released August 6, 2013, by the Mayor of London's press office shows the custom-built tricycle, designed in the style of a London "Boris Bike

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.

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The little girl in the photo, all grown up

Tuesday 28 May 2013 - Behind the image

Egzona Jashanica, age seven, makes the victory sign on June 14, 1999 as she stands on a British armored vehicle that has just entered the Kosovar capital of  Pristina.
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.

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The ripple effect: Backstroke from below

Sunday 30 December 2012 - Behind the image

France's Laure Manaudou during the 200 metres backstroke at the London Olympics, August 2, 2012.
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.

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Back in the saddle

Sunday 23 December 2012 - Behind the image

Photo: AFP/John MacDougall
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.

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Olympic double-take: From reporter to spectator

Wednesday 8 August 2012 - Eye witness

Supporters of the Netherlands men's field hockey team at the Riverside Stadium during the London Olympics. The Netherlands defeated New Zealand 5-1 in a first-round match.

"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)

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"London, etc", an AFP web-documentary

Thursday 19 July 2012 - Behind the image

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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.

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Stones on Stage -- it's a scoop!

Monday 16 July 2012 - Eye witness

The Rolling Stones commemorate 50 years since their first gig.

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!

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