Monday 2 February 2015 - Behind the image
"In this primary school in Beichuan, in Sichuan province, the students wear the uniform of the Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army, as the armed wing of the Communist Party was known during China’s two civil wars, the Long March and the second Sino-Japanese war," writes AFP photographer Fred Dufour. "The children look like a little regiment of the revolutionary force. The military-style uniform is an exception in 21st-century China. And for a photographer, it’s a goldmine."
(AFP Photo / Fred Dufour)
Tuesday 21 October 2014 - Behind the image
A Hong Kong journalist collapses in agony after being hit in the face with pepper spray by police while he was covering a protest in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 17, 2014. AFP photographer Alex Ogle tells how he shot this striking image.
(AFP Photo / Alex Ogle)
Thursday 2 October 2014 - Decoding
"There are of course plenty of reasons to say Berlin in 1989 and Hong Kong in 2014 are not comparable, yet they share intriguing similarities", writes Richard Ingham, who covered for AFP the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the handback of Hong Kong to China in 1997. "Enclaves, by the quirk of history that made them, are usually special places with a specific identity, often owing more loyalty to themselves than to the country that lays claim to them."
(AFP Photo / Gérard Malie)
Wednesday 9 July 2014 - Eye witness
As China marks 77 years since the official start of the war with Japan, AFP Beijing correspondent Tom Hancock watches a Chinese dance troupe reenact past strife, highlighting China's sometimes-schizophrenic attitudes to its former adversary.
Thursday 3 July 2014 - Eye witness
As the countdown to apocalypse elapses, one entrepreneur in China is busy building spherical survival pods suitable for just about any impending disaster. Named in honor of the Biblical Noah, his wooden 'arks' may or may not stay afloat in stormy seas, but they can withstand the shock of head on collision with a truck. Beijing-based AFP correspondent Tom Hancock was on hand for a test drive. (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)
Wednesday 6 November 2013 - Eye witness
After two years in Hong Kong, AFP journalist Joe Sinclair pays tribute to the region's incredible energy.
Friday 9 August 2013 - Behind the image
Hong Kong is an explosion of sights, sounds, colours and smells. When AFP photo editor Alex Ogle moved there last year, he soon began photographing some of this sensory feast and posting his images on Instagram. Here he curates some of his favourite pictures.
Thursday 1 August 2013 - Behind the image
Seeking shelter from the sun in sizzling Shanghai
The heatwave that's gripped Shanghai for about a month has killed at least 10 people. It's hot enough to grill a pork chop on the sidewalk and residents are doing all they can to escape the heat. AFP photographer Peter Parks shot these images of Shanghai locals napping in various unusual places, including a department store.
Friday 12 July 2013 - Behind the image
AFP Photo/Yang Weihua
First the quake, now the floods
Photographer Yang Weihua, on assignment for AFP, returned to the beleaguered region of Beichuan in Sichuan Province recently to cover the terrible floods that have devastated an area laid low five years ago by a terrible earthquake. Here Yang describes how he scrambled to get to the vantage point that would give him the extraordinary image above.
Thursday 20 June 2013 - Behind the image
Chaos in Shanghai as Beckham event sparks stampede
AFP Shanghai photographer Peter Parks narrowly escaped being caught in a stampede as he photographed hundreds of fans who'd massed at a university to catch a glimpse of David Beckham.
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.
Wednesday 27 February 2013 - Behind the image
AFP Photo/Ed Jones
A gay marriage in Beijing (not)
When two young Chinese women -- lesbians but not a couple -- decided to apply for a marriage license in Beijing as an act of protest, AFP photographer Ed Jones was on hand to bear witness. There was no rice or wedding bells, and the marriage certificate was a fake, but the message came through loud and clear.
Wednesday 13 February 2013 - Eye witness
AFP's Beijing-based photographer Ed Jones, to mark the Chinese New Year of the snake, sought out a performer skilled in the art of swallowing live serpents. Caution: don't try this at home.
Thursday 7 February 2013 - Behind the image
Forty Winks on a slow train in China
Chinese New Year: Moon cakes, fire crackers, red envelops stuffed with cash, family dinners... and the most massive periodic migration in the history of our species. An AFP photographer found himself on a 36-hour train trip recently between the southern metropolis of Guangzhou and the northeastern city of Changchun. His pictures are a testament to the human capacity to sleep under nearly any circumstances.
Friday 4 January 2013 - Behind the image
AFP PHOTO/Antony Dickson
An Ocean of Shark Fins
High above the streets of Hong Kong, AFP photographer Antony Dickson found himself surrounded by thousands of shark fins. The world's shark population is paying the price for flourishing sales in China. “It was surreal. I had seen a lot of shark fins before on the shelves in Hong Kong markets, but nothing on such a massive scale," Dickson said. "I wonder how often these massive dryings happen. Once a year? Once a week?”
Monday 28 May 2012 - Eye witness
"It had all the elements for a Hollywood thriller -- and also for a diplomatic disaster," writes Washington-based AFP correspondent Shaun Tandon of the extraordinary saga of China's blind dissident Chen Guangcheng. Tandon accompanied US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a long-planned trip to Beijing only days after Chen had escaped house arrest in the countryside and taken refuge in the US embassy, causing a diplomatic furor. Here's the story within the story. (Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images/AFP)