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Thursday 9 April 2015

With the nomads of New Delhi

Indian nomadic shepherd Dheeya poses as the camp she shares with her family on the outskirts of Faridabad some 30 kms from New Delhi on March 22, 2015 (AFP PHOTO/MONEY SHARMA) Indian nomadic shepherd Dheeya poses as the camp she shares with her family on the outskirts of Faridabad some 30 kms from New Delhi on March 22, 2015 (AFP PHOTO/MONEY SHARMA)

(AFP Photo / Money Sharma)


"In a year since moving to Faridabad, a fast-growing satellite of New Delhi, I have spotted from time to time nomadic tribes with their herds in the middle of the road. I would always wonder where they came from, and where they were headed," writes the AFP photographer Money Sharma. "One day last month, I saw a group of them as I was driving home. This time, I was not going to let them get away."

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Friday 27 February 2015

Morning commute in New Delhi

Indian passengers stand and hang onto a train as it departs from a station on the outskirts of New Delhi on February 25, 2015 (AFP PHOTO/MONEY SHARMA) Indian passengers stand and hang onto a train as it departs from a station on the outskirts of New Delhi on February 25, 2015 (AFP PHOTO/MONEY SHARMA)

(AFP Photo / Money Sharma)


"I joined AFP at the start of the month, as a photojournalist in New Delhi, and I’m looking to do something different to illustrate the big story of the week: the unveiling of the annual rail budget, " writes Money Sharma. "I have heard of a station in the Delhi suburbs where the trains travel into the city each morning with hundreds of commuters hanging on the outside. This sounds to me like a great picture."

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Friday 19 December 2014

India through a lens

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) 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)


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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Tuesday 2 December 2014

A Bhopal steam bath

Bhopal gas disaster survivor Akbar Khan, 70, sits inside a steam box as part of rehabilitation using traditional Ayurvedic treatment at the Sambhavna Trust Clinic on December 1, 2014  (AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEE) Bhopal gas disaster survivor Akbar Khan, 70, sits inside a steam box as part of rehabilitation using traditional Ayurvedic treatment at the Sambhavna Trust Clinic on December 1, 2014  (AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEE)

(AFP Photo / Indranil Mukherjee)


Akbar Khan survived the Bhopal gas disaster 30 years ago -- but it left him with acute breathing, heart and joint problems. Steam baths are one of the Ayurvedic methods used to treat thousands like him, at a clinic in the Indian city. "It's difficult to photograph a tragedy after so many years," writes AFP's Indranil Mukherjee. "You’re trying to find an original angle and the best lighting to bring out the survivors’ emotions. But at the same time, you have to be extremely sensitive. After all, they’re having to relive the trauma of an event in which they lost a part of their life."

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