Wednesday 23 October 2013 - Eye witness
At first glance sumo and bull fighting don’t have much in common. For one thing, nobody dies in the Japanese arenas. There’s not even any blood or, for that matter. But, as AFP's Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery finds out, a look beyond the surface finds striking similarities between the two sports.
Monday 2 September 2013 - Behind the image
Firestorm: A photographer's journey
A gust of wind blasts embers, ash and smoke across a fire break during a wildfire in the northwest of Spain. The photo was taken by Pedro Armestre, an independent photographer who regularly contributes to AFP. He is the only photojournalist in Spain specialising in forest fires and his work over the past 11 years has taken him into the heart of some of the country's most violent blazes.
"Whenever I’m in the middle of a forest fire, it feels like the fire is a wild animal fleeing from a predator. It runs in one direction, then suddenly in another. It feigns movements to avoid the claws of the firefighters," he says.
Monday 29 July 2013 - Behind the image
A family of survivors -- even the dinosaur
AFP photographer Rafa Rivas took this photo of a young couple clutching a cuddly dinosaur. It’s an everyday-looking image, but behind it is a tale of survival and luck in Spain’s worst rail disaster in 70 years.
Thursday 25 July 2013 - Debriefing
Covering a major disaster is a strange test for a journalist. First, there’s the avalanche of tragic details, which can be numbing and exciting at the same time. Then later, at the end of the day, the reality of the story hits. Natalia Sanguino, a reporter in the AFP Madrid bureau, helped cover the July 24 train crash that claimed at least 77 lives. Here she talks about the shift from reporter to citizen.
Thursday 11 July 2013 - Behind the image
Shooting the bull in Pamplona
AFP photographer Pedro Armestre, who has been photographing the San Fermin bull-running festival in Pamplona since 1998, talks here about how he came to photograph this impressive shot of the event. (AFP Photo)
Monday 6 May 2013 - Eye witness
Madrid-based correspondent Roland Lloyd Parry has discovered that Spain's unfolding social drama is also being acted out on a much smaller stage, that of Spain's ever-popular itinerant puppet theaters. Parry recently caught a performance in the capital's Retiro Park, and the show - along with the reaction of audiences young and old - clearly echo rising class tensions, he says.
Monday 24 December 2012 - Behind the image
AFP PHOTO/Georges Gobet
Spain chokes in the eurozone
Between now and the end of the year, AFP is highlighting some of the stand-out images from 2012.
In this, the second of the series, Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker appears to choke Spanish Finance Minister Luis De Guindos, providing an apt visual metaphor for the country’s turmoil in the eurozone. Brussels photographer Georges Gobet describes how he got the shot.
Wednesday 5 December 2012 - Behind the image
AFP PHOTO/Marcos Moreno
Desperate Straits at Gibraltar
Photographer Marcos Moreno regularly heads into the busy Strait of Gibraltar with Spanish rescuers on the lookout for immigrants trying to cross from Africa to Europe. The treacherous stretch proves deadly for many. This week, Moreno captured a desperate rescue as immigrants packed into a rubber dinghy risked everything to avoid being picked up by Moroccan authorities and sent back home.
Tuesday 5 June 2012 - Eye witness
Comparative Crises Analysis has become something of an academic cottage industry in Europe over the last three years, with Greece reigning atop the ranking of economies in distress. But Spain, with even higher unemployment and a banking sector on the edge, is not too far behind, and the question lingers: how do Europe's two most hobbled countries stack up? AFP correspondent Roland Lloyd Parry, based in Mardrid, went to Athens to find out. (AFP Photo/Aris Messinis)
Monday 14 May 2012 - Behind the image
Madrid, the night of May 12, and there are some 30,000 protesters on Puerta del Sol Square to mark the first anniversary of “los indignados”, the loosely-knit grassroots group that inspired the global “Occupy” movement. Hours later, Spanish police are evacuating, by force, some 200 demonstrators who have defied an order to disperse by 22:00. A freelance photographer in their midst, Juan Plaza, tries to resist. Riot police, who probably know him from previous encounters, aggressively subdue him. Seating amid the protesters to cover the event, AFP photographer Pedro Armestre has just enough time to snap this picture before being expelled from the square himself. Here’s his account of a hot night in the Spanish capital…