Wednesday 15 May 2013 - Behind the image
AFP Photo/Joe Klamar
Viva Lucha VaVOOM!
"Most events nowadays – especially in L.A., where I am based – limit photographer access and impose restrictions on what we can do. Not a lot of fun," says AFP photographer Joe Klamar. "But 'Lucha VaVOOM' – a no-holds-barred Cinco de Mayo festival with Mexican roots featuring masked wrestlers, comedy routines and striptease – is exactly the opposite: a welcoming atmosphere and unfettered creative freedom."
Monday 6 May 2013 - Behind the image
AFP Photo/Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Armstrong: The Bernie Madoff of sport
"Armstrong cheated the Tour de France, the fans, the media, all those who believed his performances were for real and, worst of all, he betrayed his sport." So writes former Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc in a new book, published this week, on the event he oversaw from 1989 to 2005. "He will go down as the Bernard Madoff of sport."
Wednesday 24 April 2013 - Eye witness
AFP’s Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery heads to the French ambassador’s home to meet famed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, who is returning to the musical scene after a long absence to fight cancer. (AFP Photo/Yoshikazu Tsuno)
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.
Friday 19 April 2013 - Debriefing
"#boston", "#watertown" and '#bostonmarathon" are among the top hastags cited on 'the e-diplomacy hub', an application that follows real-time conversations among top-tier officials, experts and activists in the realm of digital diplomacy. Here's what they are saying. (AFP Photo/Stan Honda)
Monday 25 March 2013 - Behind the image
North Korea goes ballistic
Nobody would call North Korean propaganda understated. For decades it has pumped out inflammatory attacks on US "imperialists" and their "scum puppets" in South Korea. Several years ago, its efforts went multi-media with a new video format which, in the past few months, has come up with a series of products that have taken the anti-US invective to new heights. (screen grab from North Korean video)
Monday 18 March 2013 - Eye witness
Once a modest showcase for local bands – we’re in Austin, Texas – SXSW has morphed into a mega-, multi-mashup of movies, music and cutting-edge digitalia. Part I: hungry app developers by day, indie documentary geeks by night. Then the performers take over. Wall-to-wall madness + cheap beer. AFP lifestyle correspondent Robert MacPherson took it in and is still digesting. (J. Kempin/Getty Images for Myspace/AFP)
Thursday 14 March 2013 - Eye witness
Tay Garnett. The name may not ring a bell, but you've surely seen at least one of the dozens of movies he made during Hollywood's golden age. "The Postman Always Rings Twice", perhaps? During a five-decade career, Garnett worked with Dietrich, Harlow, Heywood, Monroe, Bogart, Gable, Taylor, Mitchum and dozens of other single-name stars. And as a swan song, he compiled testimonials from the 20th century's greatest directors in a book as remarkable for what's between the covers as its back-story. (Photo/Tiela Garnett)
Thursday 28 February 2013 - Decoding
The case of New York’s would-be ‘cannibal cop’ is an all-you-can-bleat feast for the city’s hardboiled headline writers: “Cop Fantasy: She’s Kebab”, “Chef of Police,” “Knaw and Order,” “Finest Young Cannibal” are some of the morsels served up so far. But there's a legal conundrum too: can one be tried & convicted for a fantasy, no matter how twisted? AFP correspondent Sebastian Smith taste tests the story. (AFP Photo)
Thursday 21 February 2013 - Decoding
Stumbling across websites in French on the highly-charged subject of abortion that seemed to be neutral but were anything but led AFP reporters Julie Charpentrat and Isabelle Tourne to dig deeper into the increasingly sophisticated tactics of France’s anti-abortion activists, who have clearly taken a page from the playbook of their US counterparts.
Wednesday 23 January 2013 - Eye witness
Nearly one million people gathered in the heart of Washington D.C. on Monday to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama. This time-lapse video of the crowd taking shape and then dispersing is composed of more than 4,000 still images shot over a period off six hours and compressed into less than a minute.
Wednesday 23 January 2013 - Behind the image
AFP Photo/Joe Klamar
Sasha & Malia, acting their age
The inauguration of a US president is an event – a very long event – replete with pomp & circumstance, song & poetry, and lots of people talking. For Barack Obama's adolescent girls, Sasha (11) and Malia (14), some parts of the day were obviously more interesting than others. (Presumably their Dad’s historic 18-minute speech was one of the more compelling bits.) But sometimes they had to entertain themselves, as captured here by AFP photographer Joe Klamar.
Thursday 17 January 2013 - Eye witness
On the day that the world will finally hear Lance’s Armstrong’s long-awaited mea culpa about doping, confided to US TV personality Oprah Winfrey in an exclusive pre-recorded television interview, AFP sports journalist Justin Davis reminisces on the US cycling legend’s troubled relationship with the media, including a couple of head-on clashes of his own. (AFP Photo/Lionel Bonaventure)
Thursday 6 December 2012 - Eye witness
Covering the White House doesn’t leave a reporter with much down time, but AFP’s Tangi Quemener was more than happy to cut into his weekend to attend a presidential feting of legendary British rockers Led Zeppelin. (AFP PHOTO/Brendan Smialowski)
Thursday 22 November 2012 - Decoding
Stephen Collinson’s forays for AFP during the 1990s into Burma – renamed “Myanmar” by a brutal military junta determined to quarantine their nation from outside influence – offered veiled glimpses into one of the most repressive police states in the world. Twenty years later, Collinson returns as White House correspondent, trailing Barack Obama, to a country opening up at startling speed and moving, albeit fitfully, toward democracy. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)
Tuesday 20 November 2012 - Behind the image
AFP PHOTO/Nicolas Asfouri
The Yangon kiss
The image of President Barack Obama planting a firm kiss on the cheek of Myanmar opposition legend Aung San Suu Kyi caused quite a stir across much of the Asian region, where formal greetings between people are often limited to a prayer-like salute and a broad smile. AFP’s Bangkok photographer Nicolas Asfouri talks about he captured the historic image. (Nicolas Asfouri)
Wednesday 12 September 2012 - Eye witness
US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, shown here in an official State Department photo, was killed overnight on September 11 during an attack on the American consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Another photo, obtained by AFP, shows Stevens -- possible unconscious, probably dead -- being evacuated from the consulate compound by civilians shortly after the attack. This is the picture’s backstory. (AFP Photo/US State Department)
Tuesday 11 September 2012 - Behind the image
AFP Photo/Saul Loeb
An uplifting moment on the campaign trail
"Coming off the heels of the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama got quite a lift while campaigning in Florida. Only, it wasn't quite the lift in the polls he was hoping for," reports Washington-based AFP Photographer Saul Loeb, who is shadowing the US President on the campaign trail. Here Saul describes a surprise encounter that was more (or, more accurately, less) than meets the eye...
Wednesday 5 September 2012 - Eye witness
When Hillary Clinton touched down in the remote Cook Islands to take part in a Pacific Island summit -- the first US Secretary of State to do so -- she was greeted in typical island fashion by dozens of women in bikini tops and flowered headdress along with bare-chested men in skirts. But the tiny nation, whose population could fit in a sky scraper, is not used to accommodating a bevy of VIPs and their entourages, so Clinton & Co. had to adapt to island ways. Washington-based AFP reporter Shaun Tandon, travelling with America's top diplomat, was there. (AFP Photo/Marty Melville)
Tuesday 28 August 2012 - Behind the image
AFP Photo/Joe Klamar
Backlighting and bodybuilding
“It was a pure luck,” AFP photographer Joe Klamar said of this photo-on-photo taken from the Santa Monica Pier, a landmark of the rich, tofu-&-tongs coastal town that buffers the Pacific Ocean from West Hollywood, Hollywood, Los Angeles and an ever-expanding list of cities further east. Luck, and a good eye...
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